When pulling out from an alley, driveway, or building, the rules of the road for Washington requires you to stop before the sidewalk and yield to pedestrians. Only once you have stopped and made sure the sidewalk is clear, may you continue to pull out to the street. In addition, you must also yield the right of way to any oncoming vehicles before proceeding. As is usually the case in Washington, the duty to exercise ordinary care rests upon both parties. The primary duty, however, rests upon the driver of the emerging vehicle.
Here are the Washington Rules of the Road for emerging from alley, driveway, or building.
RCW 46.61.365: Emerging from alley, driveway, or building.
The driver of a vehicle within a business or residence district emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway or driveway, and shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian as may be necessary to avoid collision, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.
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