That’s especially true where motorcycles are concerned. Failure to yield to motorcycles is consistently one of the leading causes of serious motorcycle accidents in Florida every year.
There are reasons for that. Motorcycles are harder to see, for one. Drivers have an easy time spotting other cars, large trucks, passenger vans, and the like. But motorcycles require a little extra attention. Drivers have a duty to look carefully and confirm that they have the right of way before proceeding or making a turn.
Unfortunately, some drivers simply maintain a negative attitude towards motorcycles.
Some irresponsible drivers are quick to cut bikers off or to take risks around motorcycles that they would not take with other vehicles. Some experts believe that this attitude is derived from a feeling of power (the driver of the larger vehicle feels less exposed to risk) or bad experiences those drivers may have had with motorcyclists in the past. Whatever the reason, though, that attitude is unfair and dangerous.
Motorcycle drivers have the same rights on the roads as every other driver.
There are no special right-of-way rules or exceptions that apply to bikers.
In fact, the only “special” rule that motorists should apply to motorcycles is to always treat their drivers with additional caution. Motorcycles don’t offer much physical protection to their occupants, so the injuries in any accident can be catastrophic. That’s why it is so important that car drivers do everything they can to minimize the likelihood of a motorcycle crash.
On this page, we will look at a few of the specific instances in which failure to yield to motorcycles commonly arises. Understanding how these accidents happen can help us all take steps to prevent them.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of someone else’s failure to yield to motorcycles, our experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers can help you make a claim pursuant to Florida personal injury law. Call us today.
What Are Some Examples of Failure to Yield to Motorcycles?
We commonly see a failure to yield to motorcycles in the following traffic situations:
- Vehicle proceeds through an intersection out of turn, “skipping” the motorcycle’s right of way
- Vehicle runs a red light or stop sign
- Vehicle makes a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle
- Vehicle suddenly changes lanes (or swerves) into the motorcycle’s path
- Vehicle pulls out of a parking lot or driveway without looking and moving directly into the motorcycle’s path
What Are Some Common Reasons for Failure to Yield to Motorcycles?
More often than not, the failure to yield is the result of basic negligence. Examples include:
- Texting while driving
- Other forms of distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Incomplete stops at stop signs and intersections
- Running red lights
- Failure to look both ways before entering an intersection or road
- Failure to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes
- Failure to use turn signals
Negligent drivers may be held liable for any of these careless behaviors.
What are Some Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
The injuries in failure to yield to motorcycle accidents tend to be severe. Damages commonly include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head, neck, or shoulder injuries
- Bruising or contusions
- Spinal injuries
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Vision or hearing impairment
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If you have been injured on a motorcycle — or if you have tragically lost a loved one — and you believe another driver’s negligence is to blame, we will fight for your rights. Whether the cause was a failure to yield to motorcycles or some other careless action, we can pursue compensation for your injuries.
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