Right-of-way traffic laws are designed to keep motorists, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bicyclists safe. However many tragic accidents are caused when negligent drivers violate these basic rules of the road. If you were injured in a car accident and suspect that you had the right of way, here are the rules that you need to know that may have been violated by the other driver.
Common Right-of-Way Rules Violated at Intersections
In Texas, there are traffic rules regarding who has the right of way at an intersection. When a driver fails to obey these rules, he can cause others to suffer catastrophic injuries or death. Common failure-to-yield violations that cause accidents include:
- If a driver is driving on an unpaved road and is approaching a paved road, he must yield the right of way to drivers on the paved road.
- If a driver is at an uncontrolled intersection, he is required to yield to any vehicles already in the intersection or to the right of his vehicle.
- When a motorist is making a left turn at an intersection, pedestrians and oncoming traffic have the right of way. If the driver is making a right turn, he must yield to through traffic entering the lane he plans to turn into and oncoming pedestrians.
- When approaching a main road from a private road, alley or driveway, the driver must wait for traffic on the main road to pass before proceeding.
- At a four-way stop, the vehicle who got there first has the right of way. If two vehicles get there at the same time, the vehicle to the right should enter the intersection first. Traffic should proceed in a counterclockwise direction.
- At a railroad crossing, the train has the right of way.
What Rights Do Pedestrians Have?
If a motorist fails to yield to a pedestrian, the result can be a fatal accident. Drivers have a duty to be alert for pedestrians, even if they are not crossing the roadway legally. Here are common rules regarding pedestrian right-of-way that are violated:
- In the absence of a “walk” sign, a pedestrian has the right of way on a green light in an intersection.
- Even if the light turns red, pedestrians have the right of way in an intersection that they have entered.
- If a motorist has the legal right of way, he still must yield to a pedestrian if at all possible.
Steps to Take If a Driver Fails to Yield and Causes Your Wreck
If you are the victim of an auto accident caused by a driver’s violation of right-of-way rules, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries. Take these first steps to strengthen your claim:
- Call the police and obtain a copy of the accident report.
- Seek prompt medical treatment, and follow up on your medical care.
- Obtain contact information for the negligent driver, his insurance company and any witnesses to the crash.
- Take pictures of damage to vehicles, weather conditions, skids marks, your injuries and anything else pertaining to the accident.
- Contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after your crash. He can guide you through the process of filing a claim, investigate your accident, collect the evidence you will need and negotiate your settlement.
Were you or a loved one injured in an auto accident? Call the Parker Law Firm today to schedule your free Complimentary Strategy Session to learn how our legal team can help you file your claim and negotiate your settlement.