Failure To Yield Right Of Way Defense Attorneys

A failure to yield violation is a common traffic infraction throughout the state with 74,204 citations written in 2017. The commonality can be attributed to the numerous situations where yielding is required while driving on all types of roadways. But, this type of moving violation can be subjective. If you have received a failure to yield citation, contact a failure to yield lawyer with 911 Biker Law today.

What Is Failure To Yield?

Failure to yield is not slowing or stopping for another vehicle or pedestrian when the situation warrants. While Florida law doesn't automatically give right of way to anyone, it dictates who is required to yield in many everyday situations. Not yielding can result in accidents that range from minor to catastrophic for everyone involved.

Common Failure To Yield Situations

The Florida Driver's Handbook outlines many everyday situations where a motorist is expected to yield or potentially receive a failure to yield violation.

Stop Signs

All other traffic and pedestrians have the right-of-way when a driver yields to a stop sign.

Left Turns

Any driver making a left-hand turn, whether at an intersection, alley, or driveway, must yield the right-of-way to traffic approaching from the opposite direction.

Open Intersections

An intersection is open when there are no traffic signals, such as no stop signs or traffic lights. Several scenarios may occur that require one driver yielding to another, such as:

  • Any vehicle already in the intersection
  • Entering a highway from a secondary road
  • Entering a paved road from an unpaved road
  • Entering a T-intersection in either direction


Drivers are expected to yield the right-of-way to all traffic already in the roundabout before entering.

Four-Way Intersections

When two or more vehicles arrive at a four-way intersection at the same time, a driver to the left is expected to yield to the driver on the right. This pattern continues for all drivers at the intersection.

Bus Re-Entering Traffic

When a bus traveling in the same direction has signaled to re-enter traffic, a driver must slow or stop to allow the bus to merge.

Presence Of Maintenance & Construction Workers

Drivers are expected to yield to maintenance and construction workers, including flag persons directing traffic.

What To Do For A Failure To Yield Charge

If you receive a traffic citation for failure to yield, you generally have several options. First, a driver can pay the ticket fine and have the points assessed to their driving record. Or, a driver can opt to pay the fine and attend a State of Florida-approved driving school. Successfully completing the course will remove the points from your driving record and likely avoid any increase in vehicle insurance rates.

The third option is to contact a failure to yield accident attorney with 911 Biker Law. Our law firm in Orlando has helped many drivers successfully contest a failure to yield citation after investigating the situation. Don't let a moving violation tarnish your record — contact our traffic ticket defense attorneys to schedule a consultation today.