Failing to Yield to Emergency Vehicles Resulting in Auto Accident

Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle is not only dangerous, it is illegal in the State of Missouri.


When you drive safe, you not only protect yourself but also benefit others on the road. Every traffic rule aims to ensure safe driving. In Missouri, every car needs to yield to emergency vehicles. This is not just a courtesy, it is the law. In the state of Missouri, the law requires every vehicle to slow down or stop as soon as possible to the right side of an emergency vehicle or police van using warning devices, including audible or visual signals. Furthermore, the driver of every vehicle needs to wait and should not drive until the emergency vehicle passes.

Under Section 304.022 of Traffic Regulations in Missouri Revised Statutes, failure to yield to emergency vehicles is a serious offense and is considered a violation of traffic laws. The Section 304.022.1 of Chapter 304 says,

Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light authorized by section 307.175, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as far as possible to the right of, the traveled portion of the highway and thereupon stop and remain in such position until such emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police or traffic officer.”

If a driver sees a stationary emergency vehicle with red and/or blue lights or a vehicle with amber and/or white lights, which is owned by The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and operated by an official employee of The Department of Transportation, the driver should immediately take the following steps.

The driver needs to drive his vehicle cautiously and yield to the emergency vehicle. If possible, the driver needs to move to a lane that is not close to the stationary vehicle, while making sure that traffic rules are not violated. The driver needs to do so if he sees the emergency vehicle approaching while driving on a four-lane road, with at least two lanes moving in the same direction as the approaching vehicle.

In situations where changing lanes is not an option, the driver needs to drive carefully, and slow down his vehicle to a safe speed depending on the condition of the road.

If the driver of a vehicle sees an emergency vehicle at a road junction, the driver needs to stop his vehicle immediately and wait there until the emergency vehicle moves away from the place. Every driver needs to abide by these rules unless directed otherwise by a police or traffic officer.

The Section 304.022 of Traffic Regulations in Missouri Revised Statutes also provides detailed descriptions of the different types of emergency vehicles. Having knowledge of these laws and following them is important to make sure that you don’t fail to yield to emergency vehicles in Missouri.

Failure to Yield Car Accidents

Failing to yield to emergency vehicles constitutes reckless driving and can lead to an automobile accident. In event of an accident caused by a reckless driver who failed to yield to emergency vehicle, get in contact with an experienced attorney who can help you recover compensation for all damages and injuries that resulted.

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