Q: Question regarding stop sign accident In NYC.
Want to clarify in the beginning, I have a dash cam. I'm stopped on a two way street, about to make a left turn into a one way. There are two cars at a stop sign across me. I let the first car pass and start to make a left turn. The second car does not let me through and continues to follow the first car at about 5 feet gap. I continue to make the left turn and hit the second vehicle (on the corner), even though I could have stopped, who is at fault?
A: The general rule is that a vehicle making a left turn has to yield to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. In making their determination of liability, the insurance carriers will probably examine other factors as well, including the police report, testimony from other driver, your testimony, etc. Good luck
Jonathan R. Ratchik agrees with this answer
As my colleague correctly advised, generally speaking, a vehicle making a left turn has a duty to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and not to turn unless it is reasonably safe to do so. That said, if the vehicle which you hit never stopped at the stop sign (and just followed the other vehicle through the intersection), there's an argument to be made that it is partially at fault for the resulting collision.
Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer
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