Who has the right away?

I was making a u-turn on a green light and a driver was turning right on red. I know for a fact she didn't stop at the red light. The front of my car was already in the lane I was making the u-turn into when her left front bumper hit my right front bumper.

The cop came and told me I was at fault. Every site I

I was making a u-turn on a green light and a driver was turning right on red. I know for a fact she didn't stop at the red light. The front of my car was already in the lane I was making the u-turn into when her left front bumper hit my right front bumper.

The cop came and told me I was at fault. Every site I looked on said u-turners on green have the right away and people turning right on red must yield.

Two cars in front of me turned left at the green light and crossed the intersection. She told the cop the thought I was turning left to cross the intersection.

I live in the state of North Carolina.

Other answer:

Kimberly:
Unless there's a no U-turn sign or prohibited by law, the other driver was at fault. Even though it is legal to make a right on red, it must be done so as not to interfere with other traffic in the intersection. Right on red is not a mandatory movement if safety is a factor. neither is a green. In my opinion (not law), a right on red is at the bottom of the heap when it comes to right of way.
Poisson Fish:
It's unlikely you'll get an expert in traffic law on here, we can only do the same research you already did. My research indicates that it's pretty standard to give LEGAL u-turns the right of way on a green light. It was her responsibility to make sure the intersection was clear before turning right since the right was red, even if the turn was legal.

Have you told your insurance company? You pay them to defend you in cases like this and they are VERY motivated to make sure they don't have to pay out any claims. Have them fight for you and it should turn out for the better.

Edit:
I've attached a link to a question that addresses this exact situation in the state of North Carolina. It looks like it's kind of a murky area, but you might have been at fault. Can you go back to the intersection and see if there was a sign indicating who has the right of way? It sounds like the right-turner has the right of way over a u-turner unless otherwise marked. Either way, your insurance company should investigate this for you.

It gets even more confusing considering she didn't stop before turning right. That might be hard to prove without traffic cameras recording the incident, but it might be the deciding factor here, meaning she should have stopped before turning right on red, even if she had the right of way.

Good luck!

g:
Yes, you had the right of way. The person at the stop light had the responsibility to make sure the intersection was clear before performing her right turn.

Simply explain all the details of the incident to your insurance provider. They will represent your interests in this situation, that s their job. BTW, insurer s determine fault, not law enforcement officials, so your chances are good.

oklatom:
Police don't set fault, ever. They made reports as to facts and issue tickets if needed. Fault is decided by the involved insurance companies. Let yours represent you, and make sure they know all the facts.

Couple of things working against you though. No one has right of way unless someone gives them right of way. It isn't automatic.

And NC law law on turns doesn't even mention U-turns at intersections.

(a) Right Turns. – Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

(b) Left Turns. – The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of that vehicle, and, after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection in a lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction upon the roadway being entered.

(c) Local authorities and the Department of Transportation, in their respective jurisdictions, may modify the foregoing method of turning at intersections by clearly indicating by buttons, markers, or other direction signs within an intersection the course to be followed by vehicles turning thereat, and it shall be unlawful for any driver to fail to turn in a manner as so directed. (1937, c. 407, s. 115; 1955, c. 913, s. 5; 1973, c. 1330, s. 18; 1977, c. 464, s. 34; 1997-405, s. 1.)

Michael:
Even after a cop told you that you were at fault after you caused an accident you still don't understand that you did not have the right of way? If you were turning left on a green arrow, you would have but you crossed traffic and even if a turn was permitted, the cross traffic would not be allowed to turn on a red. regardless, you hit her. of course she thought you were turning left.
perfectlybaked:
Where I work there is a divider that makes you have to u-turn if you want to change directions, and a sign that says right turns yield to u-turns…

Whatever the case a right on red requires a complete stop.

Are there traffic cams?

STEPHEN:
Anyone involved in an accident when going through a red light is at fault. The wording is "IF SAFE TO DO SO".
However, you do not have "right of way". You have "priority". It's a different thing.
dallenmarket:
Without witnesses, you fall under the "yield to the right" rule in almost every locale in the U.S. It is your word against her's that she wasn't already into her turn when you whipped around into your U-turn right in front of her.
Scott H:
You never have the RIGHT OF WAY making a u-turn.
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A thought shared.