Missouri Right of Way Laws

January 11, 2021Car Accidents

When driving in the state of Missouri, there are bound to be times when you need to slow down or stop to let another vehicle or pedestrian pass. That is why the state has right of way laws in place, even in the absence of signs or signals. Failing to observe them may result in penalties, or in some cases a car accident. It is important to understand the state’s right of way laws to ensure the safety of both you and those you share the road with. 

Summary of Missouri’s Right of Way Laws

The right of way laws in Missouri can be summarized as follows: 


  • When there is a four-way stop, the first driver to reach the intersection has the right of way. 
  • At intersections without a signal or a stop sign, drivers must give the right of way to vehicles approaching from their right side. 
  • At roundabouts, drivers must yield to vehicles in all lanes of traffic, as well as for pedestrians. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.  
  • Drivers making a left hand turn must yield to vehicles that are traveling straight. 
  • Pedestrians have the right of way when they are crossing the road in legally designated areas (e.g. crosswalks). 
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians when they are entering or exiting a parking lot, alley, or driveway. 


  • Pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles who have a green light at an intersection. However, if a pedestrian continues to cross illegally, drivers must still yield the right of way. 
  • Pedestrians who are blind always have the right of way.  

Emergency Vehicles

  • Drivers must yield the right of way to emergency vehicles that have their sirens and flashing lights on. If you are in an intersection at the time, proceed through it, then pull over to the side until the vehicle passes. 

Funeral Processions

  • In Missouri, drivers are required to yield to funeral processions, regardless of the traffic signals or signs. However, funeral processions must give the right of way to emergency vehicles. 

Penalties for Failing to Yield the Right of Way in Missouri

Failing to comply with Missouri right of way laws can result in a fine of $30.50 and court costs of $66.50 totaling $97, as well as two demerit points on your driver’s license. 

In addition to legal ramifications, failing to yield the right of way when required by law to do so may lead to a serious accident. Accident claims that involve a right of way dispute, can mean dueling arguments as to which party is at fault. These situations can be best addressed by an experienced car accident lawyer familiar with Missouri law. That way, strong evidence can be collected on your behalf to support your claim. 

Get Legal Help

If you have been injured in an accident that involves a violation of Missouri’s right of way laws, it is important to seek the help of a St. Louis car accident attorney that will fight for your maximum compensation. Our consultations are free, call (314) 231-4100 or reach us online today. 

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