Navigating the streets and highways of Miami can be perilous. Motorists must make split second decisions about who has the right of way, and who must yield. Unfortunately, many Miami drivers make the wrong choice, or simply disregard the traffic laws, resulting in a high number of “failure to yield” accidents each and every year.
In the 2013 Florida Driver’s Handbook, the law does not affirmatively give anyone the right of way, but instead indicates when drivers should yield the right of way to others. The following are some of the most common situations in which a driver may be required to yield:
Roundabouts — When entering a roundabout, Miami motorists must yield to vehicles already in the circle. Drivers should stay in the right lane to turn right, and stay in the left lane to turn left, and should signal their intentions to change lanes. Miami drivers must also yield to pedestrians in crosswalks prior to entering roundabouts. Bicyclists using roundabouts may ride in either lane or on the sidewalk.
Stop Signs — After coming to a complete stop, a motorist must yield the right of way to all other traffic, including pedestrians, at the intersection. At a four-way stop, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If vehicles reach a complete stop simultaneously, the vehicle to the right should move forward first.
Open Intersections — If there are no stop signs or traffic signals at an intersection, drivers must yield to other traffic and pedestrians when:
Emergency Vehicles — Motorists must yield the right of way to ambulances, fire engines, law enforcement, and other emergency vehicles using sirens or flashing lights. Until the vehicle has passed, drivers should move as far to the right as they can when possible.
It is often difficult to prove that a driver’s failure to yield caused your car accident. As such, it is imperative that you contact an experienced North Miami Beach car accident lawyer immediately. Your lawyer will need to investigate the accident scene carefully, review all police reports, and interview any eyewitnesses who can corroborate your side of the story. It is likely that the other driver will claim that he or she had the right of way and that YOU failed to yield. As such, any eyewitness accounts will be crucial to proving your case and winning you the maximum compensation.
Car accidents caused by another driver’s failure to yield can result in catastrophic injuries, or even death. If you have been injured in a Miami car accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Some of the damages that may arise from car accidents include compensation to cover mounting medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Personal injury claims in Florida are subject to a strict statute of limitations; so do not delay.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced Miami car accident lawyer on your side. Contact the Dante Law Firm, P.A. to learn more about all of your legal options. Call us at 305-949-2526 today to discuss your case.