WHO HAS THE RIGHT-OF-WAY ON THE ROADWAY IN FLORIDA? DO YOU KNOW?

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Failure to yield the right of way was the second leading cause of fatal accidents and accidents resulting in injury in Florida in 2010. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2010 Florida traffic Crash Statistics Report, failure to yield the right-of-way was the right behind careless or negligent driving as a contributing factor in a serious accident.

This article will review what Florida’s Right-of-Way laws are.

Who has the right of way on the roadway in in Florida? According to the Florida Driver’s Handbook, Florida law actually gives no one the right of way. Florida law only states who must yield or give up the right-of-way.

When must I legally yield the right of way in Florida?

  • You must yield the right-of-way to all traffic and pedestrians at stop signs.
  • If two vehicles arrive at a four-way stop sign at the same time, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right.
  • At an intersection without stop or yield signs or street lights, known as an ‘open intersection’, you must yield to:

a. any vehicle in the intersection before you

b. any vehicle on a highway when entering from a secondary road

c. any vehicle when entering a paved road from a unpaved road

d. any vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction if you plan on making a left turn

  • You must yield the right of way at a roundabout intersection to vehicles already circulating in the intersection.
  • You must yield the right-of-way at T-intersections to vehicles traveling on the through road.

What if someone does not yield the right-of-way to me when legally they were required to? It is important to remember, that if another driver fails to yield you the right-of-way, you must stop or yield when possible for safety. Every driver must do everything possible to avoid a crash.

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