Florida Statute 316.122: Sharing the Road – Why You Should Always Yield To Passing Vehicles

Every driver should be familiar with the concept of the right of way. Florida traffic laws do not grant the right of way but specify who has to yield (give up) the right of way. As a safety measure, it’s important to understand why you should always yield to passing vehicles in certain situations. 

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Vehicles Turning Left in Florida

Florida Statute 316.122 outlines which driver has right of way when turning left. Drivers intending to turn left must use their turn signal and yield the right of way to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. If you violate this section, you will receive a moving violation. For example, while turning left, you would be at fault for causing a collision if you did not yield to oncoming traffic. 

Vehicle Entering Stop or Yield Intersection in Florida

When approaching an intersection with a stop sign, your vehicle must come to a complete stop. If you enter a four-way stop, the vehicle that arrives first has the right of way, according to Florida Statute 316.123. When vehicles stop simultaneously, the driver to the right has the right of way.

Drivers must slow down or stop when they see a yield sign. You will be responsible for the accident if you do not yield to vehicles and pedestrians. Breaking the law can lead to hefty fines.

Overtaking and Passing a Vehicle in Florida

According to Florida Statute §316.083, drivers must yield or give way to overtaking vehicles except when passing or overtaking on the right is legally allowed. Overtaking vehicles may give audible signals or, if driving at night, blink their headlights to pass. If a car is passing you, you must not increase your vehicle’s speed until the overtaking vehicle has completely passed.

Vehicles Approaching or Entering Intersections in Florida

When traveling on paved or unpaved roads, Florida Statute 316.121 dictates that you must yield before crossing or entering a highway. Vehicles on the highway may be approaching at high speeds, and that’s why you should always yield to passing vehicles. If you arrive at the intersection, the vehicle on the right has the right of way.

Operation of Vehicles on Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicles in Florida

Florida Statute 316.126 says that all motorists, bicycle riders, and pedestrians must yield to ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks. You should immediately vacate the intersections and travel to the nearest curb on the roadway. When passing a stopped emergency vehicle, you must switch lanes or reduce your speed by 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

Work with a Professional Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida

Did you sustain injuries from a driver who failed to yield when you had the right of way? Shannon J. Sagan, PA, can assist you with making a personal injury claim. We have over 14 years of experience and can guide you through the complex legal process.

Get in touch with us for more information on why you should always yield to passing vehicles. Contact Shannon J. Sagan, PA, in Lake Worth, Florida, today for a free consultation and case overview. Call us at (561) 533-7800.

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