What Are Some Right-of-Way Laws?


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Drivers must yield right-of-way based on road signage, road layout, the actions of other drivers and the presence of pedestrians, according to DriversEd.com. Municipal emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, police cars and fire trucks, always have right-of-way. Regardless of who should legally yield right-of-way, if one driver fails to properly yield right-of-way, then other drivers should yield to prevent an accident.

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Cyclists must follow the same right-of-way laws as motorists, explains SafeMotorist.com. Both should yield to crossing pedestrians and pedestrians accompanied by seeing-eye dogs or using white canes. At an intersection without traffic signage, an uncontrolled intersection, drivers should yield to any vehicles already in the intersection and any other drivers who reached the intersection before them. If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time, the driver to the left should yield right-of-way. The same applies when two drivers arrive at stop signs at the same time.

Drivers on unpaved roads must always yield to drivers on paved roads, states SafeMotorist.com. They must always yield when they are approaching a through road at a T-intersection, exiting parking, making a left turn, merging into faster-moving traffic or traveling downhill on a road only wide enough for a single car.

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