As a driver in Washington state, it is the law to yield the right of way when entering the roadway. Not yielding the right of way could result in a car accident you could be held responsible for any damages that are a result of the accident.
The rule of the road regarding a vehicle entering a highway from a private road or drive way is as follows:
RCW 46.61.205: Vehicle entering highway from private road or driveway.
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 lawfully approaching on said highway.
To yield the right of way when entering the roadway, one must be free of distractions. Often times car accidents occur from the driver attempting to enter the roadway while distracted. According to the Washington Department of Transportation, in 2015 Inattention was a contributing circumstance in over 33,000 accidents. The 2015 Annual Collision Summary by the Washington Department of Transportation found here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/mapsdata/crash/pdf/2015_Annual_Collision_Summary.pdf.
Distractions can be caused by the following:
- Passengers (adults and children)
- Other drivers
- Cell phones
- Music players (radio, mp3, etc.)
- Beverages and food
Ignoring these distractions while operating a motor vehicle will help you to avoid a car accident.
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