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Right of way at Massachusetts intersections

Massachusetts law provides guidelines for drivers attempting to pass through intersections. When multiple drivers arrive at an intersection at about the same time, the driver on the left should yield the right of way to the driver on the right. Any left-turning vehicle should also yield the right of way until it can safely make the turn. Any vehicles already in a rotary intersection have the right of way over vehicles entering the intersection. A vehicle attempting to turn right at a signaled intersection showing a red signal must first stop as close as practicable the entrance of either the crosswalk or intersection and ensure that it can safely turn, yielding the right of way to any pedestrians in crosswalks or vehicles proceeding through the intersection as directed. The same rules also apply to left turns between two one-way streets. Traffic signals, devices and signs may change the way intersections work, so drivers should always pay attention to what the signs say. In some cases, signs could state that drivers cannot make turns at red signals or give right-of-way to drivers coming from specific directions. If an officer is directing traffic within an intersection, the officer’s directions overrule any laws or signals pertaining to the intersection. A driver who fails to obey these laws and causes an automobile accident may be at fault, and those injured in the accident cn file a personal injury claim. The injured parties could receive compensation for their accident-related medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Laws, “Section 8: Right-of-way at intersecting ways; turning on red signals”, accessed on Feb. 20, 2015

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