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What are right-of-way laws in Texas?

While motorists in Conroe may understand that they are required to share the road with you when you are on your motorcycle, many still seem to have difficulty comprehending that also means affording you the same rights as they would other vehicles. Their line of thinking may be that even though you are on the road, the fact that you are not in a car does not entitle you to the same protections afforded by the standard "rules of the road." Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the failure to yield the right-of-way. 

You yourself might be unfamiliar with what the right-of-way rules are in Texas. According to the state's Department of Public Safety, in cases where you arrive at an intersection at the same time as another vehicle (and the intersection is not controlled by signs or traffic signals, you have the right-of-way if you are on the right. In instances where there is a sign or signal, and you come up to an intersection with a single- or two-lane road while traveling on a multi-lane road, you again have the right-of-way. The same is true if you are traveling on a paved road that intersects with an unpaved road, or when a driver is pulling on to the road you are traveling on from a private road or driveway. 

You also have the right-of-way when approaching an intersection where a vehicle coming from the opposite direction is preparing to make a left turn. Right-of-way laws also apply when changing lanes on a multi-lane road. If you and another vehicle are attempting to enter the same lane, it must yield the right-of-way to you if you are entering the lane from the left side of the road. 


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