St. Charles Parish residents often experience unsafe conditions on the road when driving. Many times people do not know when they make a right turn. They must turn in the closest turn lane and not move over the line if there are two or more lanes to turn into. The drivers on the main road normally have the right of way, and when you make a turn, you cannot cross over two lanes of traffic.
Recently, there's been litigation on turning in more than two lanes of traffic. Louisiana Statutes say that you cannot merge or turn into two lanes of traffic. You can only turn in one lane, which is the right lane, which you can automatically turn into. Many times, drivers of large trucks will not be able to see a small truck turn and they can hit you if you turn into more than two lanes of traffic.
Police officers, when they write up an accident report know this, although they may not say this to you and they will normally look at whether or not the car was dragged over two lanes of traffic or not. A ticket will most likely be given if you do not turn in the immediate right lane. If you have any questions about the law of the right of way when you turn onto roads, please contact the Schwartz Law Firm and we will be able to assist you.