Who Has the Right-of-Way at a 3-Way Intersection?

3-Way Intersection

We recently posted a picture of three cars stopped at a 3-way intersection and asked our followers which order they should proceed through the intersection. Below, we explain the answer to our question.

Right of Way Rules

Right-of-way rules are supposed to help drivers safely navigate intersections that aren’t being directed by a traffic light. Additionally, drivers, bicycle riders, electric scooter riders, and pedestrians must also follow right-of-way rules.

It is important to note that the law does not allow anyone the right-of-way. Instead, the law only states which vehicle must yield. If a vehicle is required to yield the right-of-way at an intersection but fails to do so, then the other drivers must stop or yield as necessary for safety. Therefore, you should not insist on taking the right-of-way when another driver does not yield to you.

3-Way Intersections

The picture we posted was of a 3-way intersection, sometimes called a T-intersection. As you can see in the image, there are no stops signs, only yield signs. If Car #1 wants to make a left turn onto a through road and Car #3 wants to make a left turn off the through road while Car #2 is traveling in the opposite direction, which order should the cars move through the intersection?

When it comes to 3-way intersections vehicles on the through road have the right-of-way, meaning the vehicle approaching from another road must yield to traffic. This means that Car #3 must wait for Car #2 to pass by before turning. Meanwhile, Car #1 must wait for Car #3 to complete its turn before it can proceed to turn left on the through road.

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