One of the keys to staying safe while out on the Texas roads is understanding what laws are in place. We know it can be difficult to keep up with the laws in place, but it is of the utmost importance that you do so. One of the most talked about laws in Texas is called the Right-of-way law. This law comes into play when one drivers and/or pedestrians comes to stop and are unsure of who has the legal right to go first. Texas right-of-way laws are designed to protect both motorists and pedestrians, which is why it’s a good idea to brush up on them before your next outing. It is quite common for drivers to have to yield to other motorists and pedestrians before going about their business, but there is often confusion as to who has the “right of way”. These laws are in place to help you determine who should yield to another driver or pedestrian, and when that other driver or pedestrian should yield to you. The aim of these laws isn’t to make life more difficult for you, but to enhance public safety and help traffic flow as smoothly as possible.
Understanding the Texas right-of-way laws can help drivers avoid costly traffic tickets while keeping you safe by preventing accidents, injuries, and fatalities at the same time. However, if you do find yourself involved in a car accident with a vehicle that failed to yield at an intersection, give Rad Law Firm a call. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers will be able to advise you on what to do next and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Right-of-Way at Intersections in Texas
Here is a look at the specific right-of-way laws at intersections in Texas:
- In the event you are driving on an unpaved road and coming up to a paved road, the traffic on the paved road always has the right-of-way.
- If you come up to an uncontrolled intersection, the driver that was there first has the right-of-way. If you approach at the same time, you must yield to the driver to your right.
- If you are trying to make a left hand turn, you must yield to all pedestrians and any traffic traveling in the opposite lane. The same can be said for making a right hand turn. Furthermore, you must yield to through traffic traveling in the lane you wish to enter.
- When approaching an intersection at a main road from a driveway, alley, or other private road, you must yield to any traffic or pedestrians on the main road.
- When you approach a railroad crossing, the train always has the right-of-way. Make sure you stop at the designated spot, as trains are much wider than the tracks so you could be at risk if you stop too close.
Right-of-way Laws and Emergency Vehicles
In Texas, all motorists should always move over and give the right-of-way to any emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, and police. Pay attention and move over to the right as soon as you can. If you are in an intersection, continue through and pull over to the right side of the road immediately.