Many people do not know what to do at an intersection with outed traffic lights. Some say to treat it as a four-way stop, but is there a law about that? Technically, no law dictates how to handle this situation. Therefore, if you are involved in an accident during this type of situation, who is the person at fault according to the law?
Experts have stated that it is the safest option to treat the intersection as a four-way stop, but, whenever traffic lights are not working, the intersection can become dangerous if everyone doesn’t act cautiously.
What to do at an Uncontrolled Intersection
An uncontrolled intersection is one that has no stop sign, no working lights, no yield signs, and no traffic cop to direct traffic. When coming to one of these intersections, you are supposed to yield to any vehicles that were already in the intersection, and those that are entering the intersection to the right of you. Although there is no requirement set in place to make you stop, it has become a customary practice that drivers do so when coming up to an inoperable traffic light.
Most driver’s handbooks state that if you come up to an intersection without a traffic light, you should approach cautiously and treat it as though it is an intersection with all-way stop signs. The vehicle who got to the intersection first should go through first, and if multiple vehicles arrive at the same time, then the driver on the right has the right of way. If two people come to an intersection at the same time, but one is going left, the person going straight has the right of way.
If you come to one of these intersections and there are no other cars in sight, then you are not legally required to stop, but it is still good practice to slow down just to be safe. After all, just because it is not a law does not mean that you should ignore common sense and safety. Be a cautious and smart driver while remaining aware that not everyone else on the road will mirror your safe driving practices. This can help you avoid unnecessary accidents at uncontrolled intersections.
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