Collisions between left-turning vehicles and vehicles that are proceeding straight through the intersection on a yellow light are not uncommon. Yellow lights pose a risk to drivers and even the most careful of drivers may find themselves involved in a collision.
Under the Highway Traffic Act section 144 (15), a driver facing a yellow light is permitted to proceed through the intersection if they deem it unsafe to stop. If that driver decides to proceed through the intersection, they are required to do so with caution. Therefore, as a general rule, the oncoming traffic will have the right of way during a yellow light.
That said, it is a common misconception that the driver turning left is automatically at fault for a collision. Who is at fault will depend on a number of different factors, including the speed of the vehicles, the duties of each driver, and what a reasonable driver would have done in a similar situation.
Therefore, every case is determined on its own particular facts. An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to advocate for accident victims by reviewing the evidence, including, reports from the police officer, witness statements, video surveillance, and photographs. This could result in compensation for damages stemming from the collision.