Doug wrote at 2007-08-07 23:18:48
In reading all of your responses to the questions posed, my general assessment is that you are implying that the vehicle merging into the flow of main highway traffic does not have the right of way.
In other words that vehicle driver has to look for a suitable and safe opening in the traffic flow before actually merging. Once an opening is located, then it's up to the driver to match the speed of that opening so that his vehicle can safely enter and occupy it without blocking the traffic flow. It is also up to the drivers in the main flow to allow the merge to occur. In other words, the vehicle coming in on a side ramp is not to "bully" his way into the flow of traffic as it is not a safe procedure.
I would guess that the politicians who make the laws don't really know themselves. They let the traffic courts decide who is in the wrong or right in specific cases especially when accidents happen.
In Alberta, in the operator's manual, it was suggested that the vehicle in the main flow of traffic move over into another lane so that the merging vehicle can merge safely. Often though such a move is not available as the other lane is also occupied.
In a general viewpoint, if the merging vehicle would be obstructing the flow of traffic, then that vehicle's driver has to adjust his speed accordingly and not be an obstacle and thereby avoid causing an accident. This suggests that the merging vehicle has the greater responsibility to not cause an accident.
The above opinion is based on many years of driving and reading about traffic concerns.
Alkbkmm6 wrote at 2007-12-18 02:37:08
I found this website because I had the same question. The person answering the question whoever it is obviously doesn't understand the English language. He said merge not intersection.Period. This could mean merging at 50 mph or at 3 miles per hour at traffic bottlenecks. If the person on the right has the right of way then he could merge onto a very fast freeway at 3 mph and get his car replaced for free. If he doesn't die that is. It was very frustrating to read this and I suggest he take English lessons.
TimTek wrote at 2010-07-23 11:37:28
Let me see if I can clarify please. I understand that all vehicles must proceed with caution, and merge in a safe and responsible manner. But we all know that this isn't reality. When entering onto a highway, from the on ramp, and attempting to merge onto the highway, traffic in the right lane will often speed up, closing the gap, or sit beside you, so you can't get over. I understand that volume often dictates further caution, but I am quickly running out of lane, and some bonehead won't let me over, or purposely speeds up. What is the rule of law. Who actually has right of way, and who must yield?
It is my understanding that traffic in the right lane (the 'collector' lane) of the highway must yield to merging traffic. I've looked in the drivers handbook, but it's ambiguous, and I can't find a specific reference in the text of the HTA.
By the same token, if you are driving in a lane, and the lane ends ahead, and you must merge over, who actually has the right of way? You, being in the merge lane that is ending, or the vehicles in the other lane?
I think this is a valid question, as I've often seen where both drivers assume they have the right of way, and try to force their way over, or will purposely block a vehicle trying to get out of a lane about to end.
Sirsam wrote at 2011-02-17 22:48:47
I just read the question and response sequence featured here. The gentleman who first asked the question simply asked on merging. He clarified it with merging on a highway.
With all Respect Sir, the condescension is unwarranted as the answering party could have closed the conversation with referencing the said material at the beginning. Get over yourself.
Edward wrote at 2012-12-11 16:51:30
The law is actually this: both vehicles have a right of way. However, if the driver in the existing lane speeds up to block a merging vehicle, then that driver would be at fault if it causes as accident. If the merging driver is going too slow and causes an accident, the merging driver is at fault.
However, we see more than often the driver on the road blocking the merging vehicle - causing the merging vehicle ususally slam on their brakes and then have to treat a merge like a yeild - which it's not. It's a merge. You HAVE to let a merging vehicle in - it's like joining two roads into one - you must be curtious for both those on the main road and those in the merge lane. Give and take.
perturbed wrote at 2015-04-21 18:35:49
The individual answering this question seems not to have the temperament or courtesy to be doing this job. How about a little professionalism.