When two cars collide in an intersection or while trying to maneuver past
each other, odds are it’s because one of them violated the rules
of the road intended to keep order in those situations. These rules are
known as the “right of way.” However, many people don’t
intentionally break these rules, they just simply don’t know them
or are confused about what they actually are. So to help you avoid one
of these accidents and any potential injuries that may result from them,
here are some general rules regarding who has the right of way in various
When pedestrians have been given the signal that they are free to cross
at a controlled crosswalk, you
must give them the right-of-way. If you see another car stopped at a crosswalk, do
not pass them, as they could be waiting for a pedestrian to finish crossing.
If a crosswalk is uncontrolled, all motorists must stop for a pedestrian
waiting to cross. Pedestrians are generally required to cross at crosswalks,
as that’s where they are given right-of-way. While vehicles should
stop for pedestrians who are not in crosswalks, they are not required
to stop and yield for pedestrians waiting to cross in these locations.
Also known as “T” intersections, right-of-way is usually granted
to the through road (the one not ending at that intersection. If you come
across an uncontrolled T-intersection (one without any stop or yield signs
to control traffic), always check to make sure the through road is free
from traffic before proceeding with your turn and merge.
When you approach an intersection controlled by stop signs, right of way
is given to any of the directions which
do not have a requirement to stop because of one of these signs. From there,
you should proceed in the order of how each vehicle arrived at the intersection.
If vehicles arrive simultaneously, all drivers should yield to the vehicle
on the left.
Yield signs do not necessarily require someone to come to a complete stop, but they
do require that they give first priority to vehicles on the road they are
merging into, or one merging into them. This means you should always give
priority to any vehicles which arrived first, and much like a T-intersection,
always give preference to those in the through street.
Have you been injured in a car accident when a driver failed to adhere
to right-of-way laws?
Call a Kingston car accident attorney from Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. at (845) 340-4878 to
review your legal options and get help protecting your rights!