Who has the right of way in these situations?

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  1. expedite_it

    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    Right of Way Diagram 1.jpg

    In Diagram #1, the driveway of the truckstop is owned by the truckstop. The driveway of the truckstop is not a public street. In Diagram #1, the blue truck is on the private driveway of the truckstop. The blue truck is trying to make a left hand turn on to the public street. The red truck is in the turn lane on the public street, and the red truck is trying to make a left hand turn in to the driveway of the truckstop. If both the blue truck and the red truck both make their left hand turns at the same time, they will crash in to each other. Who has the right of way?

    It's my understand that the red truck has the right of way in diagram #1 because the red truck is on a public street, and the blue truck is on private property. So it is my understanding that the blue truck has to yield to the red truck. Is my understanding correct?

    Right of Way Diagram 2.jpg

    In Diagram #2, the green area is a median. The green color represents grass on the median. The blue truck is at a stop sign, and the blue truck wants to go straight across the intersection without turning at all. The red truck is at the left hand turn lane of the median, and the red truck is trying to make a left hand turn onto the same public street that the blue truck is on. If the blue truck goes straight and the red truck turn left at the same time, they could crash in to each other.

    Since the blue truck is at a stop sign, and the red truck is NOT at a stop sign, it's my understanding that the blue truck has to yield to the red truck, even though the blue truck is going straight and the red truck is turning left. It's my understanding that the red truck has the right of way in diagram #2. Is my understanding correct?
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Red truck has right of way in both cases.
     
  4. rch10007

    rch10007 Light Load Member

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    I can't recite the law for every city, in every state, as I would assume they will be slightly different from town to town however, your explanations seem rational. What I do know is that if you are in command of a lane and another vehicle has to cross your path, they must yield - as shown in both diagrams above.
     
  5. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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  6. expedite_it

    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    Because in diagram 1, the blue truck is on private property and because in diagram 2, the blue truck has a stop sign in front of it. Agreed?

    I'm not only interested in who has the right of way, but I am also interested in the rational for the answers.
     
  7. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    That’s because the red truck has the right of way. Doesn’t matter if you are in a private driveway. And the fact that the blue truck is at a stop sign makes right of way even more so.
     
  8. expedite_it

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    Laws Governing Right-of-Way | Georgia Drivers Manual | eDriverManuals | eDriverManuals

    • If you are about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, private road or highway, you must stop and yield the right-of-way to all other pedestrians and vehicles already traveling on the roadway or sidewalk you are entering or crossing;


    Private driveway = private road
     
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  9. rch10007

    rch10007 Light Load Member

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    The point of the law is so that secondary yield to primary roads, tertiary roads yield to secondary, and so on...
     
  10. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Repeat after me:
    Little road yields to big road..
    This is a 100% truth for anyone driving. Has nothing to do with a truck even, it applies to all vehicles on the road.
     
  11. sevenmph

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