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Failure To Yield: Steps To Making A Good Turn

According to Channel 7, WJHG out of Panama City, there was an accident on Saturday, May 7th,  that sent multiple people to the hospital after two vehicles collided on U.S. Business Highway 98 near Cherry Street in Springfield.

Springfield Police say a 2007 Suzuki Sedan was heading north on Business 98 and was in the left turn lane, preparing to turn left onto Cherry Street, while a 2000 Toyota pick-up truck was heading south on Business 98. Even though the light turned yellow for both vehicles, the truck didn’t stop, and the driver in the Sedan began to turn left. Subsequently, the two cars collided into each other.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those injured in this horrible accident. We hope everyone has a speedy recovery.

When you are making a left turn in an intersection, you must yield to oncoming traffic. Make the turn, staying in the proper lane. Even though turning is one of the basics of driving, you will see that many drivers don’t follow the rules.

The Florida Drivers Handbook lists nine specific steps to making a good turn. Below we have summarized the most common requirements. Full details can be found in the Florida drivers manual.

Steps to Making a Good Turn

· Decide early that you are going to make your turn. Never make a last second turn. This is a very dangerous move that can easily cause an accident.

· Move into the correct lane as you approach the intersection. The correct lane for a right turn is typically the right lane. The correct lane for a left turn is typically the left lane.

· Use your turn signal for at least 100 feet before you make your turn. This alerts other drivers that you intend to turn.

· Slow down to a speed that is safe to make your turn.

· Before you start your turn look over your shoulder for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists always have the right of way and you must yield to them.

· If you are not going a safe speed or are not in the proper lane you should drive to the next intersection to make your turn. And if there are vehicles occupying the turn lane you should not block traffic. Continue on to the next intersection.

· Finish your turn in the correct lane. A right turn should be made from the right lane into the right lane. A left turn may be completed into any lane lawfully available or safe for the desired direction of travel.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a car accident where someone failed to yield to oncoming traffic, please contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation. (850)659-2252 or through our website at




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