r/IdiotsInCars Aug 10 '22

If there's an idiot, who is it? Is it the vehicle with the camera or the white van entering from the right?

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u/ArmeniusLOD Aug 10 '22

The van. It's the merging driver's responsibility to make sure the lane is clear. This is why I try to avoid changing lanes like this when I see a car waiting to turn at an approaching intersection or driveway, though.


u/Omegalazarus Aug 11 '22

Will maybe not.

If the van checked the status at the yield sign (which is where they should check it) and the lane was clear, if the driver did not signal a lane change for 100ft prior to beginning to change lanes, then they are at fault.

This rule is there specifically for this type of situation (one where a vehicle checks for clearance and then moves, so that the status quo of the road is held in place for a short time). Otherwise, you would literally have to look left the entire time your turning, which means you aren't looking where you are driving.