There are many different types of accidents that happen in Florida, including failure to yield collisions, which are the second-leading cause of all fatal crashes. These crashes are caused by a driver who travels into the path of another vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist, which had the right to be moving in that manner. Examples of this type of accident include a car turning left in front of a driver that had the right to travel straight or a vehicle hitting a person in a crosswalk. It is important for drivers to have a clear understanding about which vehicle has to yield the right-of-way in different scenarios. When a driver does not know the rules or does not follow them in a particular situation, he may cause a serious accident.
After an accident that has been caused by a failure to yield the right-of-way, it is critical to retain attorneys who are able to demonstrate that the other driver was the wrongdoer. This requires gathering evidence, retaining the right reconstruction experts, and taking other actions to build an effective case. The knowledgeable Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in analyzing the facts of the accident, reconstructing the events of the accident, and establishing the elements of a negligence case.
In Florida, a driver does not have a specific right-of-way, but rather must yield the right-of-way under certain circumstances, including:
• A driver must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and through traffic at stop signs;
• When two drivers approach stop signs in an intersection at the same time, the driver who is on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver who is on the right in the intersection;
• If there is an intersection without traffic lights or signs, the driver must yield to the following:
o A vehicle that approaches the intersection before the other driver;
o A vehicle that is traveling on a highway when another vehicle is attempting to enter the highway from a secondary road;
o A vehicle that is traveling on a paved road when the other driver is on an unpaved road; and o A vehicle that is traveling straight through the intersection when the other driver is attempting to make a left-hand turn.
• When a vehicle is traveling in a roundabout, the other driver must yield to vehicles in the circle; and • A driver who is approaching a T-intersection must yield to the vehicles that are traveling straight on the intersecting road.
When a person does not yield to the other vehicle, as required by Florida law, it is critical to show that the other driver did everything possible to avoid the accident. Even when one driver is negligent, the other driver must not have contributed to the accident or there will be an allocation of liability.
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There are many accidents that happen every day on the streets of South Florida, but one of the most common involves drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way. At the South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we have spent more than 30 years putting together effective cases in order to get our clients the compensation that they deserve. We have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive. We also were voted one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work on your behalf.