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Who Has the Right-of-Way at an Uncontrolled Intersection?
An often-misunderstood rule of the road is who has the right-of-way at an uncontrolled intersection. Washington law provides that when two vehicles approach an intersection at the same time from different directions, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way. This means the vehicle on the left must slow down or stop in order to allow the vehicle on the right to proceed. Of course, if there are signs or lights controlling an intersection, such as a Stop or Yield sign, the lights or signs govern.
Uncontrolled intersections are the sites of many car accidents because drivers often fail to yield to the vehicle on the right. Given that these collisions often happen with no witnesses, they often result in “he said she said” situations. Liability in these types of accidents can quickly become a point of contention.
RCW 46.61.180: Vehicle approaching intersection.
(1) When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
(2) The right-of-way rule declared in subsection (1) of this section is modified at arterial highways and otherwise as stated in this chapter.
Car Accident Attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm
As with every rule, there are some exceptions. If you are injured in a car collision at an uncontrolled intersection, call the car accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the law office of personal injury attorney Mat Parke today for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case for free. Call (509) 482-7274 to get started on receiving a fair settlement from your personal injury case.
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