Parking Lot Rights-of-WayOctober 24, 2019
Just like the roads, parking lots have distinct rights-of-way to promote the safe flow of traffic. While complying with rights-of-way is always important, it’s absolutely crucial in parking lots, where there aren’t traffic signals and people are more likely to be distracted.
To help you stay safe in parking lots and minimize your accident risk whenever you’re walking or driving in them, here’s an overview of parking lot rights-of-way.
Pedestrian Rights-of-Way in Parking Lots
Generally, motorists in parking lots should yield to pedestrians whenever possible. Whenever you’re a pedestrian walking through a parking lot, here are the rights-of-way to follow:
- Crosswalks: Pedestrians always have the right-of-way in crosswalks.
- Crossing an aisle: When no crosswalk is present, pedestrians should wait for the vehicle in the aisle to stop and allow them to pass.
- Walking down aisles: Pedestrians walking on the side of the aisle, facing traffic, will have the right-of-way over vehicles backing out of spaces.
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Vehicle Rights-of-Way in Parking Lots
For motorists entering or moving through parking lots, here are some general rights-of-way:
- Backing out of a spot: Motorists backing out of a parking space must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and pedestrians passing through the aisle. Parked motorists will have to wait for a clear path or others to stop and allow them to pass.
- Turning out of an aisle: Drivers making a left-hand turn into an aisle will have to yield to and wait for oncoming traffic to let them pass. Motorists making a right-hand turn into an aisle will typically have the right-of-way and be able to enter that aisle freely.
- Exiting the parking lot onto a main roadway: Motorists on the main roadway will have the right-of-way, meaning those exiting the parking lot will have to yield and wait for a safe opening in traffic.
When In Doubt About Parking Lot Rights-of-Way…
- Yield: It never hurts to let a pedestrian or vehicle go first whenever you’re not sure about who has the right-of-way. When in doubt, wait for a bit and let someone else pass.
- Take it slow and read: If you’re moving slowly, you’ll be able to read signage and pavement markings that can help you figure out how to safely move through the parking lot.
- Follow the rules of the road: Generally, rights-of-way in parking lots are similar to those on roadways, where vehicles are also required to yield to pedestrians whenever possible and vehicles moving on a main thorough have the right-of-way over those entering it. So, think about rights-of-way on the road because, often, the same logic applies to the rights-of-way in parking lots.
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