Can you turn right on a red light in Alabama? 
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Can you turn right on a red light in Alabama? 

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Everything happens quickly on the road. This is why even the smallest mistake can lead to a car accident. One moment of indecision or one tiny oversight can be the difference between driving home safely and getting hit by another vehicle.

Often, these types of decisions have to be made at intersections. This makes them one of the most dangerous places you can drive. You have to trust that every other driver at the intersection will make all of the right choices at the same time that you do. This does not always happen, and many car accidents occur at these dangerous points.

One thing you may be wondering is if you’re allowed to take a right turn on a red. Is this permitted in Alabama?

You can turn right on a red, with exceptions

As a general rule, yes, you are allowed to turn right on a red light as long as you first come to a complete stop and then check to see if there is space for you to turn. You also have to look at the crosswalk to see if anyone is crossing the street. Once the crosswalk and the roads are clear, you can turn right.

There is one exception to this, which is when you see a sign prohibiting right turns on red. This should be up high near the traffic light, likely on your side of the road so that it is in your view. Always look for these signs before you turn.

Unfortunately, even understanding the law perfectly doesn’t mean that other drivers won’t make mistakes. If someone turns when they shouldn’t and causes an accident that leads to injuries, make sure you know about all the legal options at your disposal