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Car accidents may occur for a variety of reasons, including drunk driving, distracted driving and even poor roadway design. What many people don’t realize is the type of accident you experience can determine the extent of your injuries and the damages you sustain. As a result, consulting with a Stockton
car accident lawyer
who is keenly aware of the many different causes and factors of California car accidents is crucial to ensuring you obtain the compensation you deserve.
A leading cause of many car accidents is one party’s failure to yield the right of way. Generally, “right-of-way” rules determine which vehicle (or bike or pedestrian) is entitled by law to go first when their paths intersect. A lack of attention to right of way concerns may play a major role in side-impact collisions, car-bicycle accidents and car-pedestrian accidents.
Where a driver fails to follow the rules regarding rights-of-way and an accident occurs, that driver may be held responsible for any personal injuries that occur and required to pay compensation.
California law provides the following guidelines concerning Rights-of-Way:
PEDESTRIAN AND CROSSWALK RIGTHS-OF-WAY
Pedestrians – including individuals in wheelchairs, riding skateboards or wearing rollerblades – are always entitled to the right of when they are in a crosswalk. Motorists must yield to pedestrians in all crosswalks, even if the street does not have painted lines or a walk sign.
Intersections lacking signs or lights are often a source of confusion for drivers. Generally, whoever arrives first at an intersection has the right-of-way. This means if you approach an intersection and other motorists, cyclists or pedestrians are just entering or are already in an intersection, you must allow them to proceed. Likewise, other vehicles that arrive at an intersection after you must be prepared to stop and wait to allow you to pass.
If you arrive at the same time as another car, person, or bicyclist, you must yield to the person on your right.
Roundabouts create a lot of confusion. The general rule is that you may not enter a roundabout until sufficient space exists between cars to accommodate you. As you travel through the roundabout, you must yield to any pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road. You must also yield to any pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road when you want to leave the roundabout.
MOUNTAIN ROAD RIGHTS-OF-WAY
California’s many mountain roads are often treacherous – with large trucks, bicyclists and motorists all trying to pass safely. If you are on a mountain stretch and confront a vehicle, the uphill motorist has the right of way. This means that if you are trying to come down a mountain roadway, you must back up and allow the uphill vehicle to pass before you may proceed.
Understanding rights of way may help prevent an accident. However, many California drivers aren’t familiar with or ignore rules regarding when to yield, causing serious personal injury accidents.
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