Motorcyclist Killed In Dade City Crash
All drivers need to follow the rules of the road. Not following laws, signs, and signals, such as failing to yield, can have serious repercussions. It can even lead to fatality.
This is what recently happened in Dade City. A motorcyclist was killed when the driver of a pickup truck failed to yield. The fatal accident occurred on the morning of November 20 on US-301.
An 82-year-old man from Michigan was driving a Chevy Silverado. He was heading west on Wire Road when he stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of US-301. At the same time, a 53-year-old Dade City man was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was traveling north on US-301. At the intersection of Wire Road, the driver of the Silverado failed to yield. He entered the path of the motorcycle and the two vehicles collided.
The motorcyclist died at the accident scene. It is unknown if the pickup truck driver was injured.
Failure to Yield
Some drivers act like they always have the right of way, but this is not always true. All drivers have a duty to obey the rules of the road, including yielding to other drivers when necessary. Failure to yield the right of way can lead to liability for any accidents.
A failure to yield accident occurs when a driver fails to appropriately yield to others, causing a crash. It is often the person who is injured who fails to yield, although this was not the case here. This is likely due to differences in vehicle size — a pickup truck vs. a motorcycle.
Failure to yield accidents happen in situations such as the following:
- A driver fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- There is a flashing yellow or red light.
- A driver making a left turn fails to yield to oncoming traffic.
- A car is aggressive about merging onto the highway.
- A driver is entering the street from a private driveway.
Failure of yield accidents stem from failing to follow right of way laws. Many of these crashes happen at intersections. At an uncontrolled intersection, the general rule is that the vehicle arriving at an intersection first has the right of way. When two vehicles enter an uncontrolled intersection at approximately the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first. This means the driver of the vehicle on the left needs to yield.
At a four-way stop, all drivers must first make a complete stop and then yield the right of way to any vehicles that have already entered the intersection. When two vehicles arrive at the four-way stop at approximately the same time, the same rule applies — the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.
Seek Help for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Accidents between cars and motorcycles are common. All motorists need to be alert and aware when out on the roadways.
A Dade City & Zephyrhills motorcycle accident attorney from Madonna Law Group can assist you with your case. We understand that even the most careful motorcyclist in the world cannot always escape injury from a careless or distracted driver. To schedule a consultation, call (800) 557-0411 or fill out the online form.