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Intersection accidents are among the most common collisions in South Carolina. Many of these crashes occur when drivers attempt to turn right at a red light, raising a fundamental question: When can you make a right turn on red in South Carolina?

South Carolina Traffic Regulations for Right Turns on Red

South Carolina law states that drivers may turn on red as long as there is no sign prohibiting it. However, they must take the following steps before turning:

  • Stop completely and wait behind the stop line, crosswalk, or intersection before turning right on red.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within or adjacent to the crosswalk.
  • Yield to other traffic using the intersection.

Dangers of Right Turns on Red for Pedestrians and Other Road Users

Drivers who ignore the rules for turning right on red put other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and road users in danger. Illegal or unsafe right turns at red lights can lead to:

  • Pedestrian accidents – Pedestrians with the right-of-way may suffer serious injuries from drivers who turn right on red without looking for people on foot.
  • Bicycle crashes – Cyclists using bike lanes or sharing the road near intersections can sustain injuries from vehicles illegally turning right on red, especially if the driver fails to check for approaching bikes from the right or behind.
  • Sideswipes – Drivers lawfully proceeding through the intersection from different directions may be sideswiped by a vehicle making an unsafe right on red.
  • Blocked crosswalks – Vehicles making illegal right turns may block crosswalks while waiting to turn, posing risks for pedestrians trying to cross, especially those with disabilities or mobility issues.
  • Confusion – Illegal right turns on red can create uncertainty among other road users, leading to hesitation, sudden stops, and erratic movements that increase the risk of car accidents.

Legal Options for People Hurt in Right-on-Red Crashes

If you sustained injuries in an accident because a driver made an illegal or unsafe right turn at a red light, talk to an attorney immediately. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can gather evidence to support your claim, file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, handle settlement negotiations with the insurance company, or represent you in court if necessary. Working with a skilled and experienced attorney means you can rest and focus on healing while a dedicated advocate protects your rights and interests.

Talk to Our SC Car Accident Attorneys Now

Jebaily Law Firm can handle all your legal needs if you sustained injuries in a South Carolina right-on-red accident. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys will provide hard-hitting legal representation and demand maximum compensation for your losses. Call or contact us today for a free consultation.

George Jebaily

George D. Jebaily, Managing Partner, is the lead attorney for the Personal Injury Team at Jebaily Law Firm, and in 2014 was elected as an at–large member of Florence City Council.