In 2018, over 33,000 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in the United States, and nearly one in 10 of those fatalities occurred in Florida. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), drivers often cause accidents when they do not yield the right of way to other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In 2018, the failure to yield of over 3,500 drivers and motorcycle operators in the United States led to accidents involving traffic fatalities.
If a Tallahassee driver failed to yield the right of way to you or a loved one and caused an accident that resulted in serious injuries or death, an attorney can help you determine if you have a case. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-959-1444 to discuss your free case evaluation with our team.
Yielding the Right of Way Under Florida Law
Florida Statutes Section 316.123 outlines the legal requirements of drivers who enter an intersection marked with a sign instructing the driver to stop or yield to oncoming traffic. In an intersection with a stop sign or signal, the driver must:
- Stop at either the marked line or before entering the crosswalk.
- Yield the right of way to a vehicle that has entered the intersection from another road or that approaches so closely that attempting to cross the intersection before it would present a hazard.
- If at a four-way stop, yield the right of way to the first person to stop.
- If at a four-way stop where two vehicles stop at the same time, yield to the driver on the right.
At a yield sign, the driver must slow to a speed deemed reasonable based on the conditions and either continue onto the roadway if conditions allow or stop and wait if oncoming traffic approaches too quickly for the driver to continue safely. If the driver fails to yield and hits a pedestrian in the presence of a yield or stop sign, their failure to yield will make them automatically liable for the accident unless proven otherwise.
If a driver struck your vehicle after neglecting to give you the right of way, a Tallahassee failure to yield accident lawyer can help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a failure to yield accidents lawyer serving Tallahassee, call 800-598-7557
Dangers of Failing to Yield
In 2018, failing to yield led to 395 fatalities and over 3,000 serious injuries on Florida roads, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). Many accidents caused by a failure to yield result from the driver’s negligence in exercising the appropriate level of caution to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them. They may accidentally pull into a crosswalk upon stopping, for example, or proceed to merge too closely to an oncoming vehicle.
Regardless of intention, these collisions often have a significant impact on those involved. If you suffered an injury in an accident in which the other driver did not allow you the right of way, contact the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today, and we will discuss your case with you.
Reckless Driving Habits
A form of aggressive driving, failing to yield, persists as a serious problem on Florida roadways.
According to a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenage drivers participated in at least one of nine types of reckless driving behaviors more often when they drove with passengers in the vehicle, particularly their peers. As new drivers, teens have less experience on the road than many other drivers, and passenger distractions can decrease the safety of their driving.
Effects on Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Despite clear right-of-way laws in Florida, pedestrians and bicyclists face dangerous drivers in intersections on a daily basis.
Florida law requires that bicyclists follow the same rules of the road as drivers. Unfortunately, drivers often fail to treat bicycles as other vehicles and share their space on the road.
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Determining Liability in a Florida Car Accident Case
As a no-fault state, the State of Florida requires drivers to carry a certain level of personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) coverage to pay for their own injuries in an accident regardless of who caused it. According to FLHSMV, PIP covers 80% of all “necessary and reasonable medical expenses” up to $10,000.
In some cases, however, the medical expenses, property damage, and other losses resulting from the accident exceed the amounts allowed through insurance. In these cases, the victim or their family may sue the at-fault driver for additional expenses and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering for the trauma caused by the accident. A Tallahassee failure to yield accident lawyer can help you determine if you have a case and seek the financial recovery you need to re-establish your health and financial stability.
Florida Statute of Limitations on Car Accidents
Florida statute of limitations § 95.11 provides four years to file a lawsuit related to a car accident, including one caused by another driver’s failure to yield. If you fail to file your lawsuit before this deadline, you may be unable to bring your case to recover damages.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC to get started on your case right away. Our attorneys can investigate your failure to yield accident case, gather the documents you need, and help you take legal action before the statute of limitations expires. Call 800-959-1444 for a free consultation.
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A Tallahassee Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer Can Help Victims Pursue Their Cases
Car accidents often affect many aspects of the lives of victims and their families, and the idea of facing the legal system alone may feel overwhelming. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we make sure you do not have to manage your case on your own. Our attorneys can help you by getting to know the details of your accident, gathering evidence to prove the liability of the at-fault driver, and pursuing the accountability and financial awards you deserve.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe us any fees unless we achieve compensation in your favor. Call us today at 800-959-1444 to speak with our team about your case.