When you turn left at an intersection you must be sure that you have the “right of way.” If you don’t have the right then you must have the “wrong of way,” right? Probably not, it doesn’t make much sense. Right of way vs. wrong of way. Not catchy but maybe someone will pick up on the nuance.
Anyway, when a crash occurs due to someone turning left at an intersection it is always a fact intensive situation. Crashes at intersections are all too common. Does each driver claim a green light, green arrow, where did the damage occur on each vehicle, how far into the turn was the vehicle, how far left or right was the other vehicle? And, oftentimes most importantly, were there witnesses? Not just witnesses that the police talked to – were there witnesses who called 911 but didn’t share their info with the police at the scene so there facts aren’t in the report.
Just today a crash occurred in Cedarburg near Wauwatosa Road and Pioneer Road. Fox 6 Milwaukee notes:
An initial investigation has revealed a 16-year-old boy from Cedarburg headed east on Pioneer Road failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle while he was attempting to make a left turn onto Wauwatosa Road.
The 16-year-old boy’s vehicle struck a vehicle being driven by a 36-year-old Cedarburg man.
A third vehicle was struck after the collision.
A utility pole and traffic light post were damaged as a result of the crash.
Two of the drivers involved in the crash had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
There are many factors that the police will review. Public property was damaged along with multiple cars.
Someone had the right of way and someone was in the wrong. I doubt the police will put “wrong of way” anywhere in their report.