Know Your Rights at a Four-Way Stop

Know Your Rights at a Four-Way Stop

Despite four-way traffic stops being a common part of the average driver’s commute, many people have forgotten how to navigate them. We’ve all come to one of these stops only to tentatively inch forward, unsure of who has the right-of-way. Sometimes, a driver will waive cars through despite it being clear that it was really their turn to go. With so many misconceptions of how to approach these stops, what does the law actually say?

In New York, the laws regulating the right-of-way are as follows:

  1. A driver who is the first to reach an intersection has the right-of-way
  2. When two cars arrive simultaneously, the driver to the right has the right-of-way
  3. A vehicle turning left must yield to traffic approaching from the opposite direction
  4. Vehicles must yield to a pedestrian who has entered the cross walk

If everyone followed these rules, 4-way stops might cease to be a problem. However, drivers can do unexpected things and there are not laws to govern every situation. For example, what happens when a driver runs a stop sign or a pedestrian unexpectedly holds up traffic and causes you to forget when your turn is? Although it may cause a minor frustration to the cars in line behind you, it can be best to wait until you are sure that it is safe to proceed through an intersection.

With the confusion around 4-way stops, it may come as no surprise that mistakes can happen and if an officer is present, the offending driver may find themselves in trouble with the law. Make no mistake, running (or rolling through) a stop sign can have serious legal consequences including fines, points on your driving record, and the possibility of a license suspension. If you are pulled over, remember that your interactions with the police can greatly affect your ability to contest a ticket and it is vital that you do not admit fault. The next step is to contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as you are able.

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If you have received a traffic ticket for any violation, do not pay your fines until you talk to our New York traffic ticket attorneys. When you pay a ticket, you plead guilty to the listed offense and the resulting punishments are often greater than most drivers initially realize. At Gannes & Musico, LLP, we have handled thousands of traffic violation cases and can help you to fight your ticket.

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