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Rhode Island right-of-way laws

Karns & Kerrison

One of the best ways to avoid a car accident is to have a thorough understanding of the right-of-way laws in Rhode Island. Many collisions are caused because drivers do not know when it is their turn to go and when they should yield. We at Karns & Kerrison are not only here to represent you in the event that you do get in an accident, but also to educate you on the right-of-way laws so that you can be safe on the roads.

There are many different situations you can find yourself in while traveling and each one has certain laws that will determine who has the right to go first. According to, one law that is constant between states regards sharing the road with emergency vehicles. If you are already in an intersection, you may continue driving until you reach the other side, but in every other case, you should pull over immediately if you hear the sirens of an emergency vehicle.

If you are approaching a roundabout, the law requires you to yield to any vehicles or pedestrians who are already traveling inside. This means that if another driver enters the roundabout before you, you must yield. Pedestrians also have the right-of-way when they are walking in the crosswalks, but you are still required to yield even if the person is jaywalking.

One of the most common places for an accident to occur is at an intersection. Drivers turning left must yield to any oncoming pedestrians or vehicles. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.


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