Whether you drive, walk, bike, ride a motorcycle or do all four, knowing who has the right of way at an intersection or other crossing in South Carolina is important. If you know when you are required to yield the right of way, you can reduce your risk of being involved in a crash.
In many different situations, you must yield to another if you are operating a vehicle. You must yield the right of way when:
These driving laws can be found in South Carolina Code of Laws Title 56 – Motor Vehicles.
As we stated above, motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians when they encounter pedestrians who are legally using a crosswalk. This is true when the pedestrian is in the same half of the crosswalk that the vehicle will travel through or is approaching from the opposite side of the roadway.
However, pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles when:
With that said, even if you do have the right of way as the driver of a motor vehicle, yielding the right of way to a pedestrian is always a good idea. A collision with a pedestrian could carry tragic consequences for the vehicle driver and pedestrian alike.
As you navigate the roads and sidewalks of Florence and other areas in South Carolina, pay attention to who has the right of way and yield the right of way whenever the law or common sense and basic safety dictate. If you are involved in a crash caused by someone who unlawfully failed to yield the right of way, contact Jebaily Law Firm, P.A., for a free consultation.