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Right-of-Way Auto Accidents

Many right-of-way car accidents are preventable, yet every year thousands suffer serious injuries as a result of such accidents.

Right-of-way car accidents often occur because a driver is distracted and fails to yield the right-of-way or because a driver is confused about who has the right-of-way in a particular situation. Most right-of-way car accidents are preventable, but every year thousands suffer serious injuries as a result of such accidents. There are some situations where right-of-way accidents are likely to happen and by being aware of the right of way in these situations, you can potentially avert a serious accident.

Making a Right Turn

Some intersections have signs that show that you cannot turn right when the light is red. However, if there is no such sign, a driver must stop at the red light and yield to oncoming traffic. (Learn more about right hand turn car accidents).

Making a Left Turn

Most left turn accidents occur because someone fails to yield the right-of-way. On a left turn, the driver has the right-of-way when they have a protected left turn. Unless the driver is making a protected left turn, the driver must yield the right-of-way to any traffic turning at the green light.

Merging

Cars merging into a new lane, merging onto a road or street, or merging from an exit ramp must always yield right-of-way to traffic moving forward. Although some vehicles may extend the courtesy of moving out of the way to allow other vehicles to merge, the merging vehicle does not have the right-of-way.

Parking Lots

Some parking lots may be confusing because of the absence of traffic signs or lanes. A driver has the right-of-way in a parking lot when driving on the main route leading to the street. A car that is backing out of a parking spot must yield right-of-way to the vehicles that are moving though the parking lot. Cars that are entering the main lane of the parking lot must yield right-of-way to traffic that is on the main lane that leads to the street.

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