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How to handle common traffic situations

North Carolina residents may avoid moving violations and accidents by understanding who has the right-of-way on the road. If a driver sees an ambulance or another emergency vehicle, that driver must pull his or her vehicle to the side of the road. Drivers must generally stop when a school bus is stopped or if children are being offloaded. One of the most common moving violations is running a red light, and drivers are required to stop when they see one.

In 2014, there were 709 deaths because of drivers running red lights according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Bicyclists, pedestrians and other drivers may be at risk of getting hurt or killed in such accidents. In some cases, four-way stops may not have a traffic light or other control signal. Typically, the driver who arrives first at the intersection is allowed to proceed first.

In the event that a driver encounters a pedestrian in the road, that pedestrian may have the right to keep going. In states such as Georgia, this may only be true if a person is halfway into a crosswalk or similar lane marking. Pedestrians generally have the right to cross a street even if the signal changes while they are crossing.

Those who are hurt in a car accident may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a victim's claim is successful, it may be possible to obtain compensation from the person who caused the crash. This is generally true if the person who caused the accident was negligent in doing so. Negligence may include failing to stop at a red light or failing to allow a pedestrian to cross the street when that person had the legal right to do so.

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