Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Attempting a Left Hand Turn?

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Making a turn may seem like a simple, mundane driving task. However, many traffic crashes occur because of drivers who make incorrect, illegal, and / or unsafe turns. Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.122 – Vehicle Turning Left, drivers turning or intending to turn left must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle.
Below are some tips Florida Drivers should follow when making or attempting to make turns, especially left-hand turns:
1. Use your turn signal and NEVER make “last minute” turns.
2. Use your turn signal. Specifically, give your turn signal for at least the last 100 feet before making your turn.
3. Slow down to an appropriate and safe turning speed.
4. ALWAYS yield to bicyclists and pedestrians.
5. Make your turn and stay in the proper lane. Yield the right-of-way to vehicles, including bicycles, coming from the opposite direction.
6. Finish your turn in the proper lane. A LEFT TURN may be completed in any lane lawfully available, or safe, for the desired direction of travel.
If you have been involved in and/or are the victim or an accident, please contact Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. regarding your rights. You can also read more Florida Traffic Laws on the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website.

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