Yield to the Right of Way
The number one cause of crashes in Arizona doesn’t involve proper lane transitions but instead, failing to yield. What makes these collisions different than other types of crashes is that the innocent party often hits the vehicle that fails to yield.
Take this scenario for example: You’re on your way to work.You merge into a lane and continue on. Out of nowhere, another vehicle coming speeding across the intersection. You hit your breaks and try to stop the collision, but your vehicle collides with theirs. The other driver has failed to yield to the right of way and now you’re both in a mess.
Just like with lane position crashes, distracted driving is one of the main causes of failure-to -yield collisions. Knowing who has the right of way can be confusing and requires your complete focus and attention. As a general rule, the first car to arrive has the right of way and all other drivers yield. When in doubt, yield, and also be on the lookout for drivers who are moving along when they really should wait.