Yielding Right of Way Accidents



It is required of all vehicles to yield to the right of way when confronted with an intersection. This means obeying traffic signals and other official regulations when present. Pedestrians always have the right of way in crosswalks at intersections.

Emergency vehicles always have the right of way when their sirens are turned on.

If there are traffic lights present, the intersection is considered a “controlled intersection” where the right of way is determined by the traffic light. If the traffic lights become inoperative, the intersection becomes an uncontrolled four-way stop. This means every vehicle must come to a complete stop before crossing the intersection.

When dealing with conflicting paths without a controlled intersection, certain vehicles have priority over others in certain situations. Vehicles already in the intersection have the right of way. If two cars reach an intersection at the same time, the one on the left yields to the one on the right. When faced with oncoming traffic, yield before making a left hand turn or in any way obstruct the flow of traffic.

In Florida, all state roads have the right of way when the intersection with other roads is unmarked. Paved roads always have right of way over unpaved ones.

When approaching a sidewalk to enter a state road, whether it is from an alley, private road, driveway, or building, always yield the right of way to approaching traffic and pedestrians. A violation of any the above stated usually costs $60 and 3 points on your license.

We understand that if you have been in a car accident, or are the family member of a victim, you may be overwhelmed by all that has happened – perhaps suffering from emotional, physical and financial injury and loss. While monetary compensation cannot change what happened, it can help with medical bills, employment, rehabilitation and your financially stability in your future. 

If you have had an auto accident in Florida, contact a personal injury attorney.


Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney Michael E. Seelie, PA has represented people in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities of Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Callahan, Palatka, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Lake City in injury cases since 1978.