You’re sitting in the right lane at a red light, and you’re only a few blocks from your destination. You look around, and it seems like there’s no traffic coming. Are you able to turn right?
The answer is yes; you can turn right on red in Nevada. But there are a few restrictions in place to keep you, other motorists, and pedestrians safe in the process.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving an illegal right turn on red, it’s important to contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Cloward Trial Lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Nevada law allows you to turn right on red after coming to a complete stop unless otherwise prohibited. Regardless of signs allowing turns, certain criteria must be met for you to legally and safely make a right turn on red. Before turning right, look for the following:
It’s important to remember that all other laws involving traffic lights still apply to turning right on a red light, including the following:
Right-of-way laws: According to Nevada law NRS.484B.250, when approaching an intersection, you must yield the right-of-way to vehicles that have already entered the intersection. This is true even if the other driver is turning right. Additionally, you must always yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic when turning right.
Red flashing or inoperative signals: Treat these intersections as if there is a stop sign. This means you must come to a complete stop before proceeding. Once stopped, you can proceed cautiously, but then must yield to vehicles that have already completed a stop or are within the intersection.
Overtaking a school bus: When a school bus activates it’s flashing red lights, you must stop your vehicle, even if you are turning right. This is the law in Nevada (NRS 484B.353) and nationwide. Failing to stop for a school bus can result in a fine of up to $500 for a first offense and a suspension of your driver’s license for multiple offenses.
If you are unsure whether it is legal to turn right on red at an intersection, it is always best to err on the side of caution and wait for the light to turn green.
Turning right on red is a common practice in many states. It can save time and gas and is a convenient way to make a turn. However, there are also some risks associated with turning right on red, including
Car accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians can be disastrous and oftentimes are fatal.
When entering an intersection where vehicles might be turning right on red.
By following these tips, you can help reduce the risk of accidents and stay safe when crossing an intersection that allows right turns on red.
In order to prove that the driver was at fault for your accident, you will need to gather evidence showing the driver made an illegal right turn on red. This evidence may include:
If you are injured in an accident caused by a driver who made an illegal right turn at a red traffic light, you may be entitled to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. The amount of damages you can recover will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life. Cloward Trial Lawyers has the necessary experience and care to represent you in court and fight for the compensation you deserve.
In 2016, at the age of 37, Benjamin P. Cloward became the youngest lawyer in the history of the State of Nevada to be awarded the prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Nevada Justice Association. That same year, he became the youngest member of the Nevada, Las Vegas Chapter of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), and at the time was also the youngest person in the State of Nevada to be Board Certified as a Personal Injury Specialist.
Practice areas: personal injury, car accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, Greyhound bus accidents, and walk-in tub accidents.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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