Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Right of Way

Every new driver learned about the right-of-ways laws, but it never hurts to have a refresher.

Right-of-way laws protect motorists and pedestrians. These laws determine how drivers and pedestrians handle crosswalks, roads, and intersections.

Four way intersections can be tricky. There is always an awkward moment when all four cars arrived at the same time, and there is always that one driver who decides to rush the intersection. California state law requires that drivers leave the intersection in the order the drivers arrived. If more than one driver arrives at the same time, drivers must yield to the vehicle on the right.

In California, pedestrians always have right of way. At a crosswalk, always let the pedestrian cross the street. Drivers must be careful of pedestrians walking in the middle of the street. At night, it can be especially difficult to see pedestrians. Always be cautious and alert for any unexpected pedestrians.

Never run a red light. It is one of the most leading causes of car crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, red-light running caused 700 deaths and injured 113,000 in 2009. Two thirds of fatalities were passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. If you run a red light, you are risking not only your life but other drivers’ lives. Review common traffic light signals. Even the most experienced driver can benefit from reviewing traffic laws.

If you see an emergency vehicle or a school bus, these vehicles always have right of way. The emergency vehicles are probably responding to a situation. You should immediately pull over to the side of the road at the first safe spot. If you are behind a school bus, you should stay a safe distance from the school bus. It is expected for all drivers to yield for these vehicles.

Traffic laws protect motorists and pedestrians. On the road, we are unable to communicate to other drivers. These traffic laws prevent car accidents and protect motorists. Following right of way laws will prevent car accidents.

Car accidents are incredibly traumatic. A car accident can cause incredible damage and loss. Monetary loss can include loss of income, car repair bills, and hospital bills. Insurance may be able to cover a portion of the loss, but an excellent car accident lawyer will help you seek maximum damages.

If you are a victim of a car accident, call the Law Offices of Dara Khajavi. Our expert Orange County car accident lawyers have won countless cases. They will guide you through each step of the legal proceedings. Please do not hesitate call us for a free consultation.