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At a recent trial, one of our firm’s clients was found to be 20% at fault for causing an accident, and we thought this would be a good time to discuss uncontrolled intersections and how right of way does not always absolve a driver of at least partial responsibility for an automobile accident.

What Is An Uncontrolled Intersection?

An uncontrolled intersection is an intersection that does not have a stop sign, yield sign or traffic signal. It usually doesn’t have any sort of sign at all and these intersections are found in residential neighborhoods throughout the state of Washington.

At an uncontrolled intersection, the rule is the primary driver should always yield to the driver on the right. Thus, if two cars arrive at an uncontrolled intersection at roughly the same time, it is the legal obligation of the driver on the left to yield the way to the driver on their right. For this particular trial, the jury was instructed to observe a rule that dictated clearly that right of way is not graven in stone but in fact, situational and relative to extenuating circumstances.

The Rule In Question

“The right of way, however, is not absolute but relative and the duty to exercise ordinary care to avoid collisions at intersections rests on both drivers. The primary duty however, rests upon the driver on the left which duty must be performed with reasonable regard to the maintenance of a fair margin of safety at all times.”

The Case Of The Blocking RV

In this particular case, a young lady is approaching an intersection and there was a large recreational vehicle blocking her right sided view. The firm’s client, believing they were in the clear due to the RV blocking their view of the young lady as well, proceeded into the intersection and the two vehicles collided.

Even though our client did have the right of way because the jury was instructed to give relevance to the specific rule stating that right of way is relative, and because the driver could have stopped, given the obstruction to his view, he was found to be partially or 20% at fault for the accident.

This is not surprising in a jury setting since in a jury there are 12 perspectives at work and the odds of them all sharing the same point of view on how the accident occurred and who is at fault, and therefore compromise is usually the outcome. Even though we may not always agree with it or feel it is executed fairly, that is the nature of our system.

What Have We Learned?

The point of this anecdote is twofold:

First of all, know the law. It is important that citizens understand what their rights are under the law.

And number two, understand that the law, particularly as it relates to situations like this, always incorporates this degree of reasonability to both parties. Just because a driver has the right of way, does not change their obligation to avoid a negative outcome. As such, a driver could be found to be at least partially at fault for an accident.

So, at uncontrolled intersections, be sure to know the law and to yield to the car on the right, but also exercise extra care, regardless of one’s position within the intersection. There are a good percentage of drivers who do not know what the rules are, and keep entering that intersection even though they don’t have the right of way. Always drive defensively, and use caution, take care of yourself and assume personal responsibility for avoiding accidents.

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Uncontrolled Intersection. Right-of-Way Rules

  • : epermittest.com
  • : 07/25/2022
  • : 5 (718 vote)
  • : Generally, the right-of-way is determined by the order of arrival to the intersection and relative positions of vehicles on the road. While you …

What Is an Uncontrolled Intersection and How Do You Approach It Safely?

  • : fixautousa.com
  • : 05/19/2023
  • : 4.4 (269 vote)
  • : Generally speaking, the right of way is determined by the order the cars arrive to the intersection, and where they are positioned. If you …
  • : If another car arrives at an uncontrolled intersection at the same time as you, the car on the right side has the right of way. Remember, if you want to avoid a conflict or just feel like being nice, you can yield your right of way to the other …

Determining Who Has the Right of Way

  • : firsttimedriver.com
  • : 08/27/2022
  • : 4.19 (317 vote)
  • : Uncontrolled intersections are trickier because there are no yield signs, stop signs, or traffic lights to guide you. As a general rule, you should yield to …
  • : If another car arrives at an uncontrolled intersection at the same time as you, the car on the right side has the right of way. Remember, if you want to avoid a conflict or just feel like being nice, you can yield your right of way to the other …

Priority at Uncontrolled Intersections: Right-Of-Way Rules

  • : zutobi.com
  • : 03/18/2023
  • : 4.04 (467 vote)
  • : The right-of-way at an uncontrolled intersection is generally determined by road positioning, who came first and where each driver intends to go …
  • : T-intersections are where two roads meet and one of them ends. The general ‘right-of-way rules don’t apply to T-intersections. The vehicle traveling on the terminating road (the road that ends) must yield to all traffic and crossing pedestrians on …

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