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What is the Right of Way?

Understanding the right-of-way is important for any driver. Knowing traffic laws, and when to yield is vital for your safety, and avoiding traffic violations. Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of car crashes is that a person failed to yield. So, when should you yield and what is the right-of-way?

Yielding to the right of way does not only refer to traffic at a controlled intersection but all aspects of driving. It does not matter if you’re on a rural road or merging onto a highway. Failure to yield to the right of way can cause potential traffic collisions. You might be lucky and walk away with a minor fender bender, but even the most minor crashes can result in an injury. You can also face a hefty traffic ticket for not following property yielding to the right of way protocol.

Determining Right of Way

> At an intersection that is not controlled, yield to any cars that are already at the intersection. If you and another car arrive at the same time, yield to the car on the right.
>You must always yield to pedestrians on a crosswalk.
>When approaching an exit ramp for a highway, the driver on the access road must yield to the cars on the exit ramp.
>When approaching an intersection with multiple-lane roads, such as a one-lane, two-lane, or a lane that intersects with a larger road, all drivers on the smaller road must yield to cars that are on the larger or multi-lane road.
>If you’re at a T-intersection, where one road ends in a dead-end through a street, the driver on the dead-end road must yield to traffic on the other sides of the street.
>Finally, if you are at a controlled intersection with a stop sign or traffic sign, always obey the given signals.

In a Serious Car Crash? Contact The Law Giant for Help

Any car crash can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. After receiving medical attention, contact The Law Giant, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers right away. We can handle the legalities of your case while you focus on recovering. With our skilled legal representation by your side, you may be able to secure full and fair compensation for your damages. Contact us at (866) 523-4167 to schedule a free case evaluation at our Brownsville, McAllen, or San Antonio offices.

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