I’m always astonished how many drivers do not appear to know what the traffic laws are. But it’s been 30 or 40 years since many people read the driver’s handbook back in driver’s education class and no retest has been required since.
Many of our rules of the road are common sense or common courtesy — two things you don’t see as much of these days. But others can be a little confusing.
For example, what happens if two people arrive at a four way stop exactly at the same time? Or a traffic light is out and there is a blinking red light?
But turning at an intersection is a simple task.
We have a ridiculous number of car wrecks in Texas. It is tragic that over 21,000 people died or were seriously injured in them in 2016, according to sobering statistics that were just released.
So it’s worth reviewing traffic laws, especially right-of-way rules, every now and then.
More than half of all fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections. Turning left is a common cause.
All intersections are potential hazards, the way people drive, but here is a list of the ones in Dallas-Worth that have the most crashes. Maybe you can try to avoid them.
The number of pedestrian deaths has steadily increased over the past decade. Pedestrian fatalities spiked by 11 percent in 2016 from the previous year and jumped 22 percent from 2014. Yikes.
How can we reverse this grisly trend? Drivers must obey these basic laws:
Of course you should move out of the way of ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars. But equally important is that you are safe while doing so.
Follow these rules to safely yield to emergency vehicles:
Violation of a law is negligence per se. This means that a driver who violated a right-of-way law is considered negligent and has the even more difficult burden of proving he wasn’t at fault to avoid liability in court.
A personal injury lawyer can help you understand what your legal rights are and how you should proceed.