right of way

right of way
A matter of the law of the road, a relative matter, existing only in reference to other persons using the highway, comprehending the right to proceed at a particular place or point in street or highway to which other persons must at such time and place defer. 25 Am J1st High §§ 204 et seq. The right of the driver of a vehicle to proceed on the way, it being the duty of other drivers in other vehicles on the way, under the circumstances, to permit him to proceed. 7 Am J2d Auto §§ 198 et seq. The right of a vehicle to proceed uninterruptedly in a lawful manner in the direction in which it is moving in preference to another vehicle approaching from a different direction into its path. Heidle v Baldwin, 118 Ohio St 375, 161 NE 44, 58 ALR 1186. The right of a vessel to proceed on course, to which other vessels must defer. 48 Am J1st Ship §§ 250 et seq. A boating regulation. 12 Am J2d Boats §§ 14 et seq. A right of passage, an easement. The right of one person, of several persons, or of the community at large, to pass over the land of another. Kurz v Blume, 407 Ill 383, 95 NE2d 338, 25 ALR2d 1258. See private way; railroad right of way.

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