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Right of Way at a 4-Way Stop

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1,584 words with 3 Comments; publish: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 18:41:00 GMT; (80062.50, « »)

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Ohio

Imagine two cars approachs a 4way stop from opposite directions, one wanting to turn left and the other going straight. The left-turner stops at his sign, then a moment later the straight car stop at his sign. Both cars are now stopped. Who goes first?

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    • While this is true, the issue then becomes who's on "first". It is wise to yield to the vehicle going straight since the officer will usually cite you.
      #1; Mon, 04 Aug 2008 08:40:00 GMT
    • Lwpat makes a good point. If there is an accident stemming from the situation, most likely, BOTH drivers will contend they got there first, and, therefore, thought they had the right-of-way.

      So, unless an officer actually witnessed the accident and saw for him or herself WHICH car REALLY got there first, it becomes a "he said/she said". More than likely, the officer won't be a witness and will either cite both of you (and let the courts sort it out) or neither of you. Of course, if there's an independent witness, the officer will, most likely, go with that person's observations.

      You've got the same problem with the insurance companies.

      So, unless one of the drivers is a very ethical person and admits their wrong-doing (I've actually met a few, but I mean VERY few), it's basically a toss-up.


      #2; Mon, 04 Aug 2008 10:31:00 GMT