Motorcyclists around the country are thrilled to see an increasing number of signs urging car drivers to be more conscious of motorcycles. But despite the growing awareness, confusion still exists on when motorcyclists get the right-of-way on roads.

Due to their small size, motorcycles are often expected to yield to cars at intersections and traffic. However, motorcycles have as much right to the road as cars, and they follow the same driving rules as any other vehicle. It is important to clarify the right-of-way rules to avoid dangerous driving mistakes that can put a motorcyclist’s safety at risk.

Right-of-way rules for intersections with no traffic lights:

  • The vehicle that arrives at the intersection first has the right-of-way
  • A vehicle attempting a left turn must yield to other vehicles at the intersection
  • A vehicle coming from an unpaved or secondary road must yield to other vehicles
  • If two vehicles arrive at an intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way
  • If 3 vehicles arrive at an intersection at the same time, the vehicle at the farthest right has the right-of-way

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that if a driver is unsure when to go, the safest thing to do is to wait until all the other vehicles at the intersection pass, then go.

Although driving a motorcycle is meant to be enjoyable, it can also be dangerous.

Many motorcycle accidents occur every year due to other drivers’ negligence. Following the simple rules above can help prevent accidents in one of the most dangerous places for motorcycles.

As responsible drivers, it is our duty to look out for the safety of motorcyclists. This means frequently checking your blind spots, using proper turn signals, obeying speed limits, and general safe driving. Leaving extra space between a motorcyclist and yourself will make the rider more safe and comfortable as well.

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident by another driver’s negligence, contact my offices immediately. As your Ohio motorcycle accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at or call at 877.944.4373.


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When Do Motorcycles Have the Right-of-Way?
Motorcycle safety is always a major concern since they are much smaller and more difficult to see on the road. Whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a passenger vehicle, always pay attention and know the right-of-way rules to avoid motorcycle accidents. Call me today if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident.
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