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Right-of-Way Laws in Georgia

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What Are Right-of-Way Laws?

Right-of-way laws dictate who has the legal right to proceed first in various driving scenarios. These laws help prevent accidents and ensure smooth traffic flow. In Georgia, right-of-way laws cover a range of situations, including intersections, pedestrian crossings, and highway entrances.

Key Right-of-Way Laws in Georgia


  1. Four-Way Stops: At a junction with four stop signs, the initial vehicle to reach the intersection holds the right-of-way. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the driver on the right is granted the right-of-way.
  2. Uncontrolled Intersections: If two vehicles arrive at an uncontrolled intersection (no traffic signs or signals) simultaneously, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

Turning and Yielding

  1. Left Turns: When making a left turn, drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
  2. Right Turns on Red: Drivers can turn right on red after coming to a complete stop, but must yield to all oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Pedestrian Crosswalks

  1. Crosswalks: Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. Pedestrians are granted the right-of-way in these zones.
  2. School Zones: Special attention is required in school zones. Drivers must always yield to children crossing the street.

Highway Entrances

  1. Merging: When merging onto a highway, drivers must yield to vehicles already on the highway.
  2. Emergency Vehicles: Drivers must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights and sounding sirens. Move to the side of the road and stop if necessary.

Consequences of Violating Right-of-Way Laws

Failing to adhere to right-of-way laws in Georgia can lead to serious consequences, including:

  • Traffic Citations: Violating right-of-way laws can result in traffic tickets, fines, and points on your driving record.
  • Accidents: Failure to yield is a common cause of accidents. If you’re found at fault, you could be liable for damages and injuries.
  • Legal Penalties: In severe cases, such as accidents involving serious injury or death, violating right-of-way laws can result in criminal charges.

Personal Injury Claims and Right-of-Way Violations

If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a right-of-way violation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. At Lookout Law, we specialize in helping victims of car accidents and truck accidents navigate the legal process and secure the compensation they deserve.

Steps to Take After a Right-of-Way Accident

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Ensure your safety and health by getting a medical check-up, even if you don’t feel injured immediately.
  2. Document the Incident: Capture images of the crash site, any damage to vehicles, and any apparent injuries.
  3. Report the Accident: File a police report to have an official record of the incident.
  4. Contact Lookout Law: Our experienced attorneys will help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim.

Why Choose Lookout Law?

At Lookout Law, our dedicated legal team specializes in car accidents, truck accidents, and personal injury cases. We understand Georgia’s right-of-way laws and are committed to providing personalized, effective legal representation to protect your rights and interests.

Contact Us

If you’ve been affected by a right-of-way violation or any other traffic-related incident, don’t navigate the legal process alone. Contact Lookout Law today for a consultation. We’re here to assist you throughout the entire process.

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