In a merging accident, who would be at fault?

If the car merging has no where to go in heavy traffic, are they at fault or is there ever a responsibility for the traffic already on the freeway to create gaps?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, those answers are wrong. There's a sign on the freeway: Yield To ONCOMING TRAFFIC. They didn't. The traffic coming on has a right to get onto the freeway. And, the oncoming traffic can see the cars coming on.

    20 Year Commercial Driver.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    ALL responsibility is on the driver trying to blend in.  The other vehicles have no responsibility.  It is considered to be a changing lanes situation, and is the responsibility of the person changing lanes to make sure that it is safe to do so.

  • 1 month ago

    The merging vehicle has all of the responsibility to do it safely.

  • May
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    The cars already on the road have the right-of-way.  The car merging MUST yield.  There is no law that says the traffic must create gaps.

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  • 1 month ago

    The merging car would be at fault.  If there is no gap, they are supposed to stop and wait for a gap, although many drivers just drive on the shoulder.

    There is never a responsibility to make a gap for your car.

    The traffic on the freeway has a responsibility to yield only to police cars, fire engines, and ambulances.

  • Scott
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If your lane is ending, you have the burden of yielding until it is safe to merge. Traffic in the lane you're merging into does not have to yield to you.

  • 1 month ago

    They are at fault.

    Why would a car already in a lane of traffic, not have the right of way?

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