Each year there are thousands of car accidents at intersections in and around Philadelphia. Many of these accidents result in hotly contested personal injury lawsuits because neither party involved is willing to acknowledge fault.
While many of these cases wind up being he said/she said cases, with the ultimate determination of fault coming down to who the arbitration panel or jury believes is telling the truth, the fact is that there are rules governing a driver’s duties and obligations at intersections in Pennsylvania, and knowing these rules goes a long way towards helping your car accident lawyer win your case.
As a general principle, intersections have been recognized by Pennsylvania court decisions as areas of danger for both drivers and pedestrians. As a result, drivers must exercise a high degree of care when approaching and entering intersections in order to prevent car accidents, motorcycle accidents, or truck accidents.
Here are some of the general rules applicable to intersections in Pennsylvania:
- When two vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way; however, the vehicle that arrives at the intersection first always has the right of way
- If you are approaching an intersection you may not enter the intersection if another car is approaching and you cannot safely cross the intersection in time
- Every car approaching a stop sign must come to a complete stop at the stop line, and if there is no stop line, before entering a crosswalk on the near side of the intersection
- If approaching an intersection you must look to the left and right before deciding whether it is safe to proceed
- If you approach an intersection with a green light in your favor, you have the right to assume that those on intersecting streets will obey the law and yield the right of way to you
- Where your view of oncoming traffic at an intersection is obstructed, you must continue to look into the lane you are crossing until you can reasonably determine that you are able to cross safely
Understanding the laws and rules controlling driving at intersections in Pennsylvania will help you to avoid car accidents. However, knowing the rules will also be helpful in the event you are involved in a car accident in Philadelphia and are required to give testimony about what occurred and support your position that you had the right-of-way. If you have been injured in a car accident in Philadelphia, contact one of our Philadelphia injury lawyers today for a free consultation.