Sometimes it’s hard to determine who has the right-of-way in certain situations. Who goes first at a four-way stop when two of you arrived at the same time? These are questions that many people have, and understandably so.
If you have any questions after you’ve received a traffic ticket in New York, please contact one of the New York right-of-way violation lawyers at the Law Office of James Medows.
According to New York law, you should yield the right-of-way when you are in any of the following situations:
The penalties for most right-of-way yielding violations in New York are similar, but they depend on how many right-of-way yielding violations you have accrued within the last eighteen months.
All offenses include an $85 surcharge and three points on your license, but the fines vary based on whether this is your first, second, or subsequent offense:
However, for yielding offenses involving an approaching, parked, stopped, or standing authorized emergency service vehicle, the fines are significantly higher. They include the following:
The biggest problem is probably not the fines—though they do sting. Rather, it’s usually the way your violations are assessed via drivers license points. Beyond six points, these will cost you lots of money, and they’ll cost you your driving privileges at eleven points.
The potential license suspension is the most frustrating part of the whole thing, unless you count the insurance rate hikes that are almost guaranteed after any violation. Rate hikes are sometimes maintained for as long as three years.
Failing to yield the right-of-way can result in an expensive ticket, points on your license, and increased insurance costs. Tickets like these can place a burden on your bank account and your daily life.