Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Approaching or Entering Intersections?

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Intersection” is defined, by Florida Statutes, as the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles; or the are within which vehicles traveling upon different highway joining at any other angle may come into conflict. See Florida Statute section 316.003(17)(a). Intersections are common places for Florida drivers to be involved in automobile crashes. Therefore Florida drivers should take extra precaution and care when entering or approaching intersections.
Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.121 – Vehicles Approaching or Entering Intersections, establishes certain duties, rules and regulations for Florida drivers who are approaching or entering an intersection:
1. Approaching an intersection. The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle was has entered the intersection from a different highway.
2. Two vehicles approaching at same time. When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at the same time the DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE ON THE LEFT SHALL YIELD THE RIGHT-OF-WAY to the vehicle on the right.
3. State-maintained roads or highways. The driver of a vehicle about to enter to cross a state-maintained road or highway from a paved or unpaved road (e.g., driveway) and not subject to control by an official traffic control device shall yield the right-of-way to ALL vehicles approaching on the state-maintained road or highway the driver of the other vehicle is attempting to enter or cross.
4. County-maintained or city-maintained roads or highways. The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a paved county-maintained or city-maintained road or highway from an unpaved road or highway (e.g., driveway) and not subject to control by an official traffic control device shall yield the right-of-way to ALL vehicles approaching on said paved road or highway.


If you have been involved in and/or are the victim or a Florida automobile accident, please contact Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. regarding your Florida legal rights. You can also read more Florida Traffic Laws on the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website.

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