Yield sign for own right-turn lane?
Question Details: There is a roadway intersection where the right lane of a fwy frontage rd comes to a channelized right turn with a yield sign. The right turn leads into its own right lane (no traffic lane coming from the left of the intersection). The right-turn lane itself adds another traffic lane to the intersecting roadway. If a driver making the right turn proceeds because the right lane is clear, and immediately another vehicle on the intersecting roadway (w/ a green light) strikes him because that vehicle is making a lane change to the right lane, who is at fault?
It sounds to me like the driver making the right turn is at fault, because if he had stopped at the yield sign, the accident would not have happened. "Yield" means "stop if necessary," and the accident here makes it likely that it was necessary.
The sign at that kind of spot has to mean that drivers who make that turn are responsible to make sure that there aren't any cars coming on the cross street that might make that same lane change. There's no other reason for the sign to be there.