Pensacola and the rest of the Sunshine States are ideal for leisure travel, bicycling, and driving to the beach and nearby attractions. Unfortunately, on these journeys it’s easy to forget that many people on the roads around you aren’t familiar with the rules of the road – an ignorance that can result in accidents with disastrous consequences for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. Florida’s right of way laws are one of many important sets of laws designed to protect public safety, and failing to abide by them can result in not only injury to unsuspecting victims but liability for their injuries for violators.
Florida Right of Way Laws
Florida’s laws govern who has a right of way in various situations on the state’s roads; bicycles are also considered vehicles, so riders must also obey all traffic laws. Disobeying these laws is usually a clear marker of negligence and can help establish fault and liability after an accident.
- Drivers making a left turn must yield their right of way to any other vehicle approaching.
- When entering a highway from either a driveway or a private road, a driver must yield the right of way to approaching vehicles.
- At a four-way stop, the first vehicle to arrive and stop at the intersection has the right of way.
- All drivers must come to a complete stop at either a stop sign or red traffic light prior to entering an intersection.
- Any vehicle approaching a yield sign must slow down and yield their right of way to approaching vehicles.
- Vehicles must yield to emergency vehicles.
- Pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way and all vehicles must yield.
Contact a Pensacola Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to someone’s failure to yield, you know firsthand the damage that can be inflicted and the long-term consequences that are likely to occur. To protect your rights and look after your health, contact the Pensacola personal injury attorneys at Stevenson Klotz today. We have years of experience fighting for victims like you to receive the compensation you deserve and have the knowledge, skill, and resources to put your best case forward. Call us at (850) 706-4226 or complete our online Contact Page to schedule your no-obligation case evaluation today. The initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing until we win your case. Let us handle your case so you can focus on your recovery.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.