Motorcyclists are vulnerable out on our roads. They are often harder to see because of their small size as well as the color of the motorcycle. Many motorists report being completely unaware that they were moving into a space that contained a motorcycle because they couldn’t see it.
At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, we represent people injured in motorcycle accidents. If you have been injured, please contact us today.
Who Needs to Yield?
The rules in Florida about who must yield are somewhat confusing. Technically, everyone must yield to avoid a crash. You can’t plow into someone and then claim you had the right of way. There are also more specific rules:
- If you are at a four-way stop, then the vehicle that was first to arrive should have the right of way. All other traffic must yield to that person.
- If two vehicles arrive at an intersection at the same time, then the driver on the left yields to the person on the right.
- If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, then a motorist must yield to that person.
- If you are in an intersection and want to make a left-hand turn, then you should yield to all oncoming traffic. You can’t just pull out in front of them.
- If you are entering a state highway from a secondary road, then you should yield to all traffic already on the highway and enter only when safe to do so.
Many motorists simply do not yield as required. For example, a motorist might be in the intersection waiting to make a left-hand turn as a car approaches. But a motorcycle is tucked in behind the car, which the motorist cannot see. So the motorist only thinks one car is approaching and swiftly makes a left-hand turn straight into the motorcycle.
After a collision, many bikers can suffer from serious injuries such as:
- Nerve damage, particularly in their arms and shoulders
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Joint injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
Even when wearing a helmet, motorcyclists might end up with disabling injuries that require tens of thousands of dollars of medical care. Fortunately, a motorist who failed to yield has acted negligently and should pay an injured biker compensation.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If a motorist’s failure to yield has injured you, you might be entitled to compensation. Act today. Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum is a leading Miami law firm that represents the rights of motorcyclists injured in collisions. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation by calling 305-371-2692.