Failure to Yield

South Florida Right-of-Way Violation Lawyers

A driver can be ticketed in Florida for failing to yield if he or she does not slow down or stop for a pedestrian or another vehicle. These citations are most often issued following traffic accidents.

Being cited for this offense will usually result in a fine for the motorist, but the amount of the fine and any associated penalties may be higher if the crash resulted in injuries to another person or police charge the driver with another crime such as speeding or reckless driving. Additionally, a violation of failing to yield can result in points being added to a driver’s record, which negatively impacts insurance rates and may even result in a suspension of driving privileges.

Palm Beach County Failure to Yield Lawyer

If you were recently cited for failing to yield in South Florida, you should strongly consider seeking legal representation for help fighting the citation and removing this violation from your record. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. assists people who have been accused of this offense in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.

Our Fort Lauderdale failure to yield attorneys offer a money back guarantee for certain noncriminal cases not involving accidents, which means you incur no points and are not sentenced to any traffic school (some additional restrictions may apply). We provide a free consultation to review your case when you call (561) 515-5834 today.


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Traffic Control Signal Devices (Florida Statute § 316.075)

Under this statute, drivers are expected to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles in certain situations, depending on the colored light. With a green indication:

  • Vehicular traffic—including vehicles turning right or left—must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles lawfully within an intersection or adjacent crosswalk at the time a circular green signal is exhibited.
  • Vehicular traffic facing a green arrow signal—shown alone or in combination with another indication—must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

With a steady red indication, drivers must stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection (if applicable) or before entering the intersection. They must remain there until a green indication is shown, although:

  • Drivers may make right turns at steady red signals, but they must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection.
  • A driver on a one-way street that intersects another one-way street on which traffic moves to the left must stop in obedience to a steady red signal, but may make a left turn into the one-way street so long as the driver yields the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection.
  • Drivers facing steady red signals must stop before entering the crosswalks and remain stopped to allow pedestrians with permitted signals to cross roadways when they are in the crosswalks or step into the crosswalks and are upon the halves of the roadways upon which the vehicles are traveling or when the pedestrians are approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadways as to be in danger.

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Duty to Yield to Highway Construction Workers (Florida Statute § 316.079)

Provided that a driver is reasonably and lawfully notified of the presence of such workers or vehicles by flagpersons, warning signs, or devices, it is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation if a driver either:

  • Fails to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian worker or flagperson engaged in maintenance or construction work on a highway.
  • Fails to yield the right-of-way to an escort vehicle or pedestrian flagperson that is engaged in the management of highway movements of an oversize vehicle.

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Duty to Yield to Public Transit Vehicles (Florida Statute § 316.0815)

Drivers must yield the right-of-way to publicly owned transit buses traveling in the same direction which have signaled and are reentering traffic flows from specifically designated pullout bays.


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Vehicles Approaching or Entering Intersections (Florida Statute § 316.121)

It is a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a moving violation if a driver:

  • Approaches an intersection and fails to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.
  • Is the vehicle on the left when two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at the same time and fails to yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
  • Is about to enter or cross a state-maintained, county-maintained, or city-maintained road or highway from a paved or unpaved road and not subject to control by an official traffic control device but fails to yield the right-of-way to vehicles approaching on the state-maintained, county-maintained, or city-maintained road or highway.

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Vehicle Turning Left (Florida Statute § 316.122)

It is a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a moving violation if a driver intending to turn left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway fails to yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle.


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Vehicle Entering Stop or Yield Intersection (Florida Statute § 316.123)

It is a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a moving violation if a driver:

  • Fails to stop and yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered a stop intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on that highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.
  • Fails to yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right when the driver is the vehicle on the left after two or more vehicles reach a four-way stop intersection at the same time.
  • Fails to slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if necessary, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection when approaching a yield sign. It is important to note that if a driver is involved in a collision with a pedestrian in a crosswalk or a vehicle in the intersection after driving past a yield sign without stopping, the collision is deemed prima facie evidence of the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way.

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Find the Best Failure to Yield Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Were you issued a traffic ticket for failing to yield in South Florida? Instead of just pleading guilty and facing multiple consequences, it could be in your best interest to have legal counsel help you get the charges thrown out—especially if the police officer or witness does not show up in court.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. aggressively defends clients from Delray Beach, Wellington, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Royal Palm Beach, Greenacres, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and many other nearby areas. You can have let our Palm Beach County failure to yield attorneys review your case by calling Meltzer & Bell, P.A. right now to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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