Pop Quiz: Do You Know the Law Regarding Three Common Right-of-Way Situations?
Many people are surprised to learn that more than half of fatal car accidents happen either at intersections or near them – this is according to the Federal Highway Administration. It begs the question: Do you know the laws about intersections? You may know the rules about your average red light, but some other less common intersection laws may surprise you.
Keep reading to find out about some of the highest-risk intersections and the laws that affect them. If you are injured in a car accident, whether near or far from an intersection, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation. We can consider your case and help you find the best legal options.
What Happens When More Than One Car Arrive at a Four-Way Stop at the Same Time?
Most people likely know that it who goes next at a four-way stop is generally the first person that arrived – but what if several cars arrived at the same time? If the other car is across from you and you are both going straight then you can both go at the same time. If one vehicle s turning left, then they should yield to the driver going straight.
If two cars arrive at the four-way stop at the same time and are not across from each other, then cars should yield to the vehicle on the left. If there is no vehicle on the left then that means you are the vehicle on the left – go ahead and go as long as the other cars follow the law and yield to you.
What Do You Do When a Stoplight is Flashing Yellow Lights? What About Red Lights?
In some cases, a traffic light will flash yellow or red when it is late at night of if they have been damaged. If they are flashing yellow, you have the right of way. However, you should proceed carefully. Think of it is a yield. If the lights are flashing red, then you must come to a complete. Think of this as a two-way stop sign in which the other way has the right of way.
What Do You Do When There is a Crossing Guard Present in a School Zone?
When there is a crossing guard present, their directions take priority over any stop signs or other traffic signals. For this reason, it is very important to pay close attention any time you are in a school zone. Even if you are familiar with the area, the crossing guard determines the right of way and should always be watched.
If you have been involved in an accident and need help from a qualified attorney, we invite you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We will go over your case and let you know what your legal options are.