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What Yielding the Right of Way Means to Public Safety in Maryland

At the Law Office of Robert Castro, our personal injury lawyers in Waldorf know that yielding the right of way while driving is about more than obeying traffic laws. It is an obligation that can help keep you and your family safe.

One of the most common causes of car accidents in Maryland is one driver failing to yield to the other’s right of way at controlled intersections, when merging onto multi-lane highways, and when traveling rural roads.

Here is what our drivers should know about yielding the right of way to help reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities on our roadways.

What Does Yielding the Right of Way Mean?

Proper yielding is part of the rules of the road but can often be difficult to remember — especially if you have not taken a driving test recently.

To determine who has the right-of-way when driving, consider the following guidelines:

  • Pedestrians must be given the right of way at crosswalks and allowed to cross unimpeded.
  • When at a controlled intersection, always obey the traffic signs or signals.
  • When at a non-controlled intersection, yield to any cars that are already at the intersection. If you and another vehicle arrive at the intersection at the same time, yield to the car on the right.
  • When approaching an exit ramp on an interstate, the driver on the access road must yield to cars on the exit ramp.
  • When approaching a multiple-lane road, all drivers on the smaller road must yield to cars that are on the larger or multi-lane road.
  • When one road ends in a dead – or comes to a “T” – the driver on the dead-end road must yield to traffic on the other street.

Drivers should never assume that another motorist is going to obey the rules of the road. Take the time to be courteous when you are behind the wheel, and acknowledge other drivers who are in sight, so you are sure they are not going to run a stop sign or pull out in front of you simply because they are in a hurry.

It is impossible to control the driving habits and behaviors of others, you can control what goes on inside your car, truck, or SUV. While we hope you never need us, if you are hurt in a collision caused by a driver who failed to yield, we can help you pursue the financial recovery you will need to get your life back on track.

Contact the Law Office of Robert Castro Today for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in an accident caused by negligence in Maryland, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Charles County at the Law Office of Robert Castro by calling 301.870.1200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.