Yielding and Right-Of-Way in Texas

Right-Of-Way in Texas

Ever got into a wreck and wondered if it was your fault or the other parties. It can be tricky but understanding a few simple laws will help. Remember it is never a good idea to accept or assign blame after an accident. Talk to your personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. They will help you understand the next steps you should take in your case.

Vehicle Right of way laws in Texas are:

  • When merging from an unpaved road to a paved road, you must yield to traffic on the paved road.
  • Drivers turning left or right must yield to both pedestrians and oncoming traffic
  • Trains have right of way – ALWAYS.
  • Intersections without signs, drivers should yield to traffic that is already crossing the
  • intersection.
  • If you are approaching a main road from a private road, alley, or any other road type, you must
  • yield to the traffic on the main road.
  • Emergency vehicles (with sirens or lights on) and school buses are to be yielded for.
  • Four-way intersections yield to through traffic.

Pedestrian Right of way laws in Texas are:

  • Yield to pedestrians even if they are not crossing through a proper intersection.
  • Yield to pedestrians when they cross a green light with no “walk” sign.
  • Yield to pedestrians if crossing an intersection and the light turns from green to red.

With the above stated, right of way laws are to protect both pedestrians and motorists on the road. Understanding the above breakdown of the law will help keep you and others safe on the road. It’s best that you always practice these methods on the road as in the unfortunate instance an accident does occur, it would be easier for both an officer and insurance agencies involved to determine fault. Do keep in mind, pedestrian right of way laws are heavily favored for the pedestrian since they are at a significant disadvantage if an accident does occur. It is crucial to make sure you take twice the precautions on busy foot traffic intersections.

Unfortunately, despite all preparation, we understand that accidents do occur. If you or a loved one has been in an accident where the other party failed to abide by the right-of-way laws, please call (832) 433-7977 as we here at the Hadi Law Firm, have experienced personal injury attorneys in Houston ready to fight for you. We will do everything to get you the proper compensation you deserve and make the process as seamless/stress-free as possible.

November 19, 2020
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