Last week the California Highway Patrol responded to a big rig accident at the intersection of West and Manning near Caruthers according to ABC30 News. The report states that the driver of a Hyundai failed to stop at a stop sign causing the collision. The driver of the Hyundai died at the accident scene. No other injuries were reported.
A green traffic light means that you have the right of way to proceed through the intersection, right? Well, the answer is actually “sometimes.” A green traffic light does mean that you have the right of way to move through the intersection in most cases but not in all cases. For example, if a pedestrian is cross the crosswalk in front of you, regardless of whether he or she has the right-of-way, you must stop. Another example is turning left on a green light. You do have the right-of-way over the drivers who have the red light; however, you do not have the right-of-way over oncoming traffic. If you turn left in front of another vehicle and cause an accident, you will be charged for the accident. Even if you have the green light, you should always look before proceeding into an intersection, especially if you intend to make a left-hand turn.