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Yielding the Right-of-Way at Intersections


California Motor Vehicle Code 21800 gives several specific instances when you should yield to other cars at intersections.

You must yield to cars that are approaching highway on ramps, and to cars on your immediate right at four way stops. You must also yield to cars when approaching an intersection where the traffic lights are not functioning. If you fail to yield, and you cause an accident, you could face liability if anyone is injured.

It is your responsibility as a driver to ensure the safety of those around you. Most accidents on California streets occur because one or both drivers were negligent in following the traffic laws.

Here’s a list of some of the more common offenses drivers commit on Southern California Streets.

  • Maintaining the proper speed. Most of the time, this involves one driver going too fast for the road conditions. Under icy or bad-weather circumstances, you can be ticketed for speeding even if you are going the posted speed limit. Sometimes drivers cause injuries because they are driving too slowly. Be careful and watch your speed.
  • Inattentiveness. Failure to pay attention to your surroundings could cause serious injuries. Don’t adjust the radio or talk on the cell phone if it distracts you from driving.
  • Failure to yield. This is one of the most common. If you approach an intersection where the traffic light is non-functional, you must treat it as a four way stop. Don’t rely on oncoming traffic to stop. Many drivers treat broken traffic lights as their opportunity to speed through the intersections and ignore oncoming traffic. This could be a deadly mistake.
  • Reckless driving. This is different from inattentiveness. This is intentionally driving in a manner that has no regard for public safety. You could be doing anything from donuts in a parking lot to changing lanes erratically. When driving on public streets, pay attention to your surroundings and be safe.

If you have been injured in an accident by a driver who failed to follow the basic traffic laws of California, you have the right to speak with a lawyer. The lawyers at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have experience working with accident victims to get the compensation you deserve.

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