An important aspect of driving carefully is knowing who has the right-of-way in various traffic scenarios. Right-of-way laws are in place to maintain a safe flow of traffic and minimize the risk of causing a dangerous accident.
However, many motorists are either unaware of Nevada’s right-of-way laws that dictate when a driver is required to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians, or neglect to follow these crucial traffic rules.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver who failed to yield the right-of-way, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys can discuss Nevada’s right-of-way laws with you and determine when a driver is at fault for causing an accident after he or she failed to yield.
Vehicles Approaching or Entering an Intersection
Auto accidents commonly occur when drivers fail to yield the right-of-way. Because of this, it is imperative that you remain alert and focused on your surroundings when you drive through an intersection.
Nevada’s rules for yielding the right-of-way when driving through an intersection are outlined in NRS § 484B.250:
- The driver of a vehicle that is approaching an intersection must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that has already entered the intersection.
- When two vehicles traveling in different lanes arrive at the intersection at the same time, the driver to the right has the right-of-way.
- If one vehicle is in a lane that ends while another vehicle is traveling in a continuing lane, the driver in the continuing lane has the right-of-way.
- When a vehicle enters an intersection that is controlled by a traffic signal that is inoperable at the time, the driver must treat the intersection as if he or she has approached a stop sign. The driver must come to a complete stop at a clearly marked line or before entering the crosswalk. The driver must then proceed cautiously and yield to any vehicles that have already completed a stop or are within the intersection.
If the intersection has a stop or yield sign, the driver of a vehicle must stop or yield before he or she approaches a crosswalk. The approaching vehicle must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles that have already entered the intersection.