What is The Law on Yielding in an Uncontrolled Intersection?

Scenario: You’re approaching an intersection in your vehicle, and the intersection does not have a traffic light, stop sign, or any other light or sign to control traffic. You notice that one or two other vehicles are traveling at about the same speed as you are, and you will probably reach the intersection at the same time. What should you do to follow traffic laws?

This is what is called an ‘uncontrolled intersection.’ According to Washington State law, “When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.” (RCW 46.61.180).

If you and another driver are approaching the uncontrolled intersection at about the same time and the other driver is on your right, he or she has the right of way and you should legally yield to that driver.

Conversely, if the other vehicle is on your left when you and the other driver enter the intersection, you have the right-of-way. However, under the law, both drivers have a duty to exercise due care, so it’s always a good rule of thumb to slow down as you enter the intersection and check for approaching vehicles to reduce your risk of collision.

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