Who Really Has the Right of Way?

When navigating the roads, knowing who has the right of way is vital for keeping everyone safe. From pedestrians to cyclists to drivers, understanding the rules of the road is essential to staying safe and avoiding accidents.

In this blog, we’ll explore who has the right of way in everyday scenarios and how to keep yourself and others safe on the roads.


Generally, pedestrians always have the right of way, regardless of the situation. Whether they’re in a crosswalk or not, drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians. This is especially true in areas with high pedestrian traffic, like shopping centers, schools, and parks. Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings and be prepared to stop for pedestrians at any time.


Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and should be treated as such. This means cyclists must obey the same traffic laws as drivers, including stopping at stop signs and traffic lights. Cyclists should also use bike lanes when available and stay to the right of the lane when riding in the same direction as traffic. Drivers should always be aware of cyclists on the road and give them the same respect as any other vehicle.


Intersections can be tricky regarding who has the right of way. Generally, the vehicle that arrived first has the right of way. However, if two cars come simultaneously, the vehicle on the right has the right of way. Additionally, pedestrians always have the right of way when crossing at intersections, regardless of the traffic signals.

Parking Lots

When it comes to parking lots, the same general rules of the road apply. Pedestrians always have the right of way, and drivers should be aware of them and drive slowly. Additionally, drivers should always yield to vehicles already in the parking lot and try to avoid cutting off other drivers.

St. Augustine Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

Navigating the roads in Saint Augustine, FL, can be tricky, and knowing who has the right of way in any given situation is essential. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Canan Law can help. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve and fighting for their rights. Contact us today at (904) 849-2266 to learn more about how we can help you.

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