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Hartford Car Accident, Who Has the Right of Way?

That sounds like a trick question because technically in a Connecticut car accident, the law gives the right of way to no one! However, when a client calls our office with questions about their car accident, ultimately someone says "I had the right of way!"

The right of way or "yielding to the driver on the right," is a rule that is in effect when drivers arrive at an intersection at the same time. If two drivers arrive at stop signs at the same time, the driver to your right is the driver that proceeds. If you reach an intersection that does not have a traffic light or stop sign, the driver that arrived first proceeds.

However,...and this is where the trick in the trick question is answered, this is not always the case! If you arrive at an intersection at the same time as another driver but that driver is pulling out of a private road, parking lot or business, according to CT Statute 14-247; "The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from a private road or driveway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching the highway."

This discussion came about after seeing an intersection in Rocky Hill where a number of car accidents have occurred. The businesses in this area are across from a main entrance to the highway and there is confusion about who should proceed first. It is not as easy as saying the driver taking a right turn goesright of way.png first! 

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