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When Trucks Fail to Yield to Motorcycles

July 6, 2023 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share

A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) study reported that truck drivers were often responsible for accidents involving motorcycles. FDOT analyzed 10 years of Florida motorcycle accidents and found that 60 percent of the time drivers of other vehicles, including cars, were at fault because they failed to yield the right of way.

Recent Florida Motorcycle/Truck Right-of-Way Accidents

In May 202When trucks fail to yield to motorcycles3 alone, there were at least three Florida motorcycle/truck accidents where motorcyclists tragically died:

A 25-year-old Naples man tragically died in May 2023 when a pickup truck failed to yield and collided with his motorcycle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) incident report. The crash happened along Old U.S.41 near Bonita Drive in Bonita Springs.

On May 2, 2023, a 57-year-old motorcyclist tragically died in a head-on crash with a garbage truck in Orange County, FL, according to FHP. The garbage truck was turning onto S.R. 436 when it struck the motorcycle.

In Volusia County, FL, a motorcyclist near a Volusia County middle school, tragically died in a crash with a pickup truck near the intersection of Enterprise Road and Jena Drive in Deltona on May 10, 2023.

Florida Right-of-Way Law

Florida law protects the rights of motorcyclists and all other drivers using the state’s roadways under Florida Statute 316.123 Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection which says:

The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to such sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop, shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. After slowing or stopping, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver is moving across or within the intersection.

Florida motorcycle accident lawyer assists motorcycle accident victims obtain the compensation to which they are entitled under Florida law.

If you live in Florida, or are a visitor, and are injured in a motorcycle accident, consider discussing your potential motorcycle accident case with the knowledgeable Florida motorcycle accident and injury attorneys at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. We assist our clients in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Port Charlotte, and throughout the state of Florida exclusively dealing with personal injury and wrongful death cases. We have the expertise and experience to be your advocate under Florida law and have obtained over $219 million in compensation for our clients.

Motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical care – accident-related medical care, past, present, and future
  • Medications – prescribed by a physician
  • Earnings - Loss of earnings and potential earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering – In some cases, a motorcycle accident victim may receive compensation for pain and suffering in Florida.
  • Emotional trauma
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship, consortium, and the enjoyment of life

All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. is available 24/7 at 239.337.7483, toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or online at

Choosing the right attorney to represent you in your Florida motorcycle accident is important. To learn more, please go to “How Motorcycle Accident Victims Should Choose a Florida Personal Injury Attorney.”

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