Rules of the Road New Hampshire and the Duty to Yield

April 6, 2015

 

Rules of the Road New Hampshire and the Duty to Yield

Rules of the Road New Hampshire include the duty to yield.  There are at least three clear instances when it applies.  Drivers breach this duty, a lot.  This is what happened on April 3, 2015 on Dover Point Road in Dover New Hampshire when a car failed to yield causing a motorcyclist serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

According to news reports, a car approaching an intersection failed to yield the right of way to a Harley Davidson motorcycle resulting in serious injuries to the motorcycle rider who impacted the side of the car.

The New Hampshire Rules of the Road provide that the driver of a motor vehicle approaching an intersection has a legal duty to yield the right of way to approaching traffic.

Stop Signs

RSA 265:30 provides that drivers approaching stop signs shall stop as required by RSA 265:31, II, and after having stopped shall yield the right of way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection.

Yield Signs

Drivers approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to such sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and shall yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection. If such a driver is involved in a collision with a vehicle in the intersection after driving past a yield sign without yielding, such collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of his failure to yield right of way.

Entrance Ramp to Highway

The driver of a vehicle using an entrance ramp onto a highway shall yield to the vehicles on the highway, regardless of whether there is a yield sign on the entrance ramp.

Source: Foster’s.com;  NH RSA 265

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