What Does Yielding the Right of Way Mean?

Order on our Boca Raton roadways is vital for keeping all transiting drivers and pedestrians safe and secure. Yielding the right of way at intersections, on and off ramps, and in other places is an important traffic law that supports the order on our roads. When drivers fail to yield the right of way, they commit an act of negligence that too often results in serious injury to themselves and others.

Vehicle collisions involving the right of way often occur due to drivers lacking patience, focus, or good driving habits. They may be engaged in any number of transgressions when they fail to yield at a crosswalk or signpost. Unfortunately, the results of their actions can have long-lasting traumatic, and even fatal repercussions; especially when motorists and pedestrians are struck.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision in Florida, help will be needed to get back to square one. You’ll want to contact a legal firm like The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft. We specialize in getting Florida motorists and pedestrians the results that enable them to move forward with their lives.
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Failure to Yield- A Potentially Fatal Decision

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2020 failure to yield the right of way preceded 3,663 traffic fatalities. That amount accounted for nearly 7% of all fatalities on the road. With only speeding, impaired driving, and careless driving exceeding as causes for traffic-related deaths, one can see that failure to yield.

What Does Yield the Right of Way Mean in Florida?

In chapter 316, section 123, yielding the right of way isn’t defined in Florida. Instead, the statute lays it out simply and plainly how not to fail at the task. It’s explicitly stated that drivers must yield at:

  • Stop signs
  • Intersections (including crosswalks)
  • Yield signs
  • After any stop
  • In view of intersecting traffic on approaching roadways

The statute also states that collisions with motorists or pedestrians shall be deemed prima facie evidence of failure to yield.

Yielding the Right of Way at Intersections

Failure to yield the right of way is already dangerous, but it gets more dangerous depending on where it occurs. Boca Raton intersections are one of the most dangerous places. Here drivers risk not only hurting themselves and other motorists but also pedestrians. The risk of incidents increases exponentially at certain intersections. For example:

  • Intersections with flashing lights
  • Intersections without traffic lights
  • Intersections without yield signs or stop signs
  • At roundabouts
  • Intersections with poor line-of-sight
  • Frontage roads

The Most Dangerous Accidents of All

Studies have shown that the most unsafe intersections are those with flashing/blinking lights. Often drivers are confused about how to proceed lawfully when they encounter these phenomena. Unfortunately, this confusion makes them and others vulnerable to one of the most deadly types of collisions. That is the side-impact collision, known as the T-bone.
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Two-way frontage roads, aka service lanes, are the next most dangerous. These lanes often send traffic in one direction at one time of day, and go the opposite direction at another. A westbound lane in the morning becomes eastbound in the afternoon. When drivers don’t know the rules and veer into the lanes, there’s an increased risk of head-on collisions.

Yielding at Special Intersections

Intersections increase risk, so it’s important to have the right information on how to proceed to yield the right of way at each one:

  • Drivers turning left must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.
  • At four-way stops drivers arriving simultaneously are obligated to yield the right of way to the driver on the right.
  • At T-intersections, the right of way belongs to the drivers on the through street.
  • Drivers approaching dead-ends intending to turn left must wait until no hazards are compromising their turn.

Search the Florida DMV for guides on intersections, turns, and more.

Other Yielding Scenarios

It’s important to keep in mind that many yielding scenarios exist outside of intersections.  Staying educated and vigilant on the scenarios is part of what helps to keep your fellow motorists and pedestrians safe.

Turning Onto Larger Roads

Upon approaching a larger road drivers are required to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. This rule also applies to alleys, driveways, private roads, parking lots, side roads, and all other similar situations

Yield Signs and Roundabouts

Boca Raton drivers are expected to lawfully comply with every yield sign they encounter. This means yielding the right of way to all approaching vehicles. Likewise, with roundabouts, drivers need to pay attention to yield signs. Here drivers are required to yield the right of way to vehicles that are already within the roundabout.


Within marked and unmarked crosswalks, pedestrians generally have the right of way. With very few exceptions, drivers are expected to slow down and yield to pedestrians. Generally speaking, even when pedestrians are careless, drivers must still yield to them. This means waiting until the pedestrian clears the roadway before proceeding.


Bicycles are considered vehicles in Florida. As such, they have the same responsibilities as motor vehicle operators and are required to follow the same laws concerning yielding the right of way.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney for My Yielding Accident?

Hiring an attorney is a wise move in situations like these. Having been vetted through years of experience and untold numbers of settled cases, their expertise helps to increase the chances of success exponentially. Here, “success” is defined as having every short-term and long-term expense associated with your collision and subsequent injuries covered.

Perhaps the best reason to hire an attorney is that healing takes time and energy.  Dealing with insurance companies, lawyers, and the legal process is known to be very stressful for even the healthiest people. So when a person is healing from injuries, these sorts of tasks and responsibilities will be counterproductive. Let your car accident attorney hope to relieve your burden.

With The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft guiding you through the legal process, you’ll be free from wondering about the chances and outcomes. The chances of your outcome being favorable lie within the track record of the law firm. We make no guarantees, but our track record is pretty good. Contact us today for a free assessment of what legal options are available in your case.

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Common Facial Injuries Resulting From Car Crashes in Florida

Data collected from medical colleges and trauma surgeons inform us of how car crashes often cause facial injuries to drivers and passengers. Those affected by facial injuries can experience a multitude of external and internal trauma. The burdens range from minor inconveniences to significant, life-threatening handicaps.

Woman Holding Her Head In A Car After Car Accident

As with any automobile-related trauma, immediate medical care for facial injuries is one of the highest priorities. Contacting a lawyer is also. At The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft, we have a record of getting favorable results for their clients, and we know how to handle cases where clients’ faces have been damaged. Contact us today to hear more about your legal options.

What Facial Injuries are Most Common?

The data has shown that facial injuries are somewhat common when crashes happen. It makes sense for drivers to educate themselves about the different kinds of face injuries, and how common or uncommon they are.

Facial injuries are split up into two types- major soft tissue injuries and facial bone fractures. It’s estimated that of all facial injuries that crashes cause, 78% are soft-tissue injuries. That makes this a very common type of injury, so much so that 10% of all emergency room visits are for these incidents. They include:

  • Abrasions to the face often result in the skin often being torn off or rubbed off.
  • Bruising ranging from minor to major.
  • Burns to the face.
  • Lacerations and cuts to the face that can be shallow and low-maintenance, or deep and require medical attention to heal.

The other 22% of car crash-related injuries involve fractures to the face. They are:

  • Cheekbone fractures, known as a fracture of the zygomaticomaxillary bone. This fracture takes place beneath the eye and above the top teeth.
  • Broken jaws, commonly classified into two categories; a fractured lower jaw or a fractured upper jaw.
  • Broken noses, also known as nasal fractures. The three types are fractures limited to the nasal bones, fractures that involve other nasal bones, and fractures that involve other nasal bones and the septum.
  • Fractured eye sockets,  known orbital fractures. This injury takes place when one of the many bones that hold the eye socket in place has been broken.
  • Broken and dislodged teeth. Teeth can be missing, twisted, cracked, or shattered.

It’s important to keep in mind that other types of facial injuries do exist, but these are the most common. Every one of these facial injuries requires immediate medical attention. Failure to secure medical intervention could lead to serious permanent difficulties or even death.

Car Crashes and Facial Injuries

It’s the colliding of the face with parts of the car during collisions that cause the injuries. Dashboards, steering wheels, windshields, airbags, and belt buckles, are all known to have had contact with the faces of drivers and passengers. Debris and other objects within the passenger cabin are also known to cause damage to the faces of crash victims.

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An additional common occurrence to be mindful of is ejections from the vehicle. Crashes happening at high velocity and high impact are known to shoot human bodies out of passenger cabins or off bike mounts and onto or into several different surfaces and objects. During these ejections, the face hits whatever is there. Faces are then often colliding with:

  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • A single or many trees
  • Bushes or shrubs
  • Bodies of water
  • Glass that people’s faces land into or go through
  • A burning surface

Commonly, these crashes result from egregious negligence on the part of other drivers. With activities ranging from texting while driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and everything in between, their actions place their fellow travelers in harm’s way. It’s important to hire a lawyer to hold negligent drivers accountable and help injury victims recover from trauma.

What’s Fair Compensation for a Facial Injury Caused by Car Crash?

Multiple factors cause a great number of variations in each collision’s outcome. Whatever the resulting damage toll adds up to, the essential point is that no injury-related expense should remain once the matter has been brought to a close.

It’s not an easy thing to calculate how many crash-related expenses will surface post-incident. Costs take on short-term and long-term forms. It could be the case that years of therapy and rehab are needed to regain or maintain basic norms. Surgery could be needed. This should all be 100% covered. Loss of wages also falls into this category. The right amount covers all of this.

You’ll want to hire an experienced and skilled attorney to get all of these boxes checked.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney?

The first and most obvious reason you’ll need an attorney is so you won’t pay for something that wasn’t your fault. Life doesn’t have to be hard like that, but it can be. There exist far too many examples where people didn’t cause the crash that scarred their face for life, and they’re suffering from and paying for it years later. These outcomes can be avoided with legal help.

For anyone recovering from the trauma of a car crash, the less stress they can take on ensures better healing. Navigating settlement offers from lawyers, wading through underhanded business tactics from insurance companies, and juggling deadlines and demands of the legal system are responsibilities that vetted attorneys wake up to face every morning. Be smart.

With a firm like The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft, no driver or passenger in Florida whose face has been injured will be robbed of the chance to be made whole. With years of experience focusing on situations just like these, their legal guidance and expertise are proven to get results for victims of incidents like these. They’ve worked for others. Let them work for you.

How Expensive is it to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in FL?

In Florida, when you or someone you know has been involved in a car crash, it’s important to understand the cost of hiring an attorney. Securing legal assistance can be imperative to recovering damages and protecting your quality of life. How will you know what is the right price to pay for legal services?

Thankfully in Florida, most car accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that clients are only charged if and when their lawyers are successful at recovering damages. To learn more about how this works, contact us at The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft. All initial consultations are free, and we look forward to helping to empower all potential future clients

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Contingency Fees and What to Expect Once a Lawyer is Hired

The standard amount that a car accident lawyer receives for their services is around 33% of the money recovered from settlements, and up to 40% for damages awarded from trials and jury verdicts. So on a pre-trial settlement of $120,000, an attorney will keep $40,000, and on the same amount coming from a settlement, an attorney could charge up to $48,000.

Anyone seeking legal assistance for a car accident will want to insist on having comprehensive conversations concerning contingency fees. Once a point of understanding is reached, then it’s time to go to work. It’s also imperative that if there’s something that you don’t understand about the fee structure at any time, you do not hesitate to ask.

In cases where the evidence that supports a client’s claim is overwhelming enough to give you leverage, you can negotiate the contingency fee with your prospective attorney. There’s no shame in this tactic, this is a normal part of the professional landscape.

Compared to other areas of law, attorney fees for car accident cases are fair and affordable. This is especially true against  the billing hours presented by firms charging hourly rates. Within the contingency fee structure, there is also added incentive for the attorneys to succeed on your behalf,  because if they do produce a favorable outcome they will not be paid for their work.

Legal Fees and Expenses

Many personal injury lawyers and firms may insist that clients cover expenses like:

  • Court fees
  • Securing witnesses
  • Court reporter fees
  • Police reports
  • Securing medical records

Whether you experience this depends on who you hire and the conditions you agree to. To avoid hidden charges, request to have a contract lawyer review the proposed terms on your behalf.

Please note that the aforementioned scenario is a special case. This is because most law firms cover all upfront expenses and fees, which are later deductive from the settlement. This presents another area where clients may want to try negotiating with their lawyers. For example, when awarded an exceptional payout, a client could negotiate a fee waiver or 50% fee discount.

Additional Fee Arrangements

There are other fee arrangements to know about. For example, some Florida car accident lawyers will require clients to pay a retainer to begin work on the case. This retainer can be deducted from the contingency fee once the case is settled. If the case does not result in a  favorable outcome, the lawyer keeps the retainer fee for having prioritized your case.

Let’s say that you were awarded $200,000, and you paid a $5,000 retainer. 33% ($66,000) plus the retainer ($5,000) equals $71,000.

Is the Cost of a Car Accident Lawyer Worth it?

In a word, probably. The answer depends on the extent of your injuries. When a car accident is resolved with little to no injuries,  then it may be more reasonable to settle without a lawyer. On the other hand, when there are more serious injuries that require medical attention or will probably have long-term effects, then the value of your case rises.

Increased Chances of Success

Statistically speaking, there is no comparison between the value of what a lawyer will likely do for you versus what you can do without one. A veteran car accident lawyer will have seen enough during their career to be surprised or caught off guard by very little. Meanwhile, the average car accident victim won’t understand the intricacies of personal injury law.

An insurance adjuster will attempt to convince you to settle at an amount they suggest. That amount will almost certainly be lower than a lawyer could get. This is part of why having a lawyer work on your behalf can change the landscape of your car accident settlement. A veteran lawyer’s help is often vital for ensuring you don’t accept a lowball settlement offer.

The value in this scenario speaks for itself. Working with a law firm like The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft can save you the pain and suffering of negotiating a sub-par settlement on your own. Increasing the chances of a higher financial payout should be a no-brainer. Contact us today to explore the details of what legal options are presenting themselves within your case.


Thankfully we live in an age where technology affords us transparency. A simple web search can uncover testimonials from past clients, and other information too. Prospective clients can examine the ratio of positive to negative testimonials, examine and discern the tone of negative reviews, and examine similarities between past cases and their prospective cases.
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When a prospective client sees that a legal firm has a high rating on a platform, this can quickly help bring questions about the value of legal services to a close. This is especially true when a firm has serviced hundreds or even thousands of past clients, and received positive testimonials at a rate much higher than negative testimonials.

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Our Florida car accident attorneys are in your corner to ensure that you have more than a fighting chance at recovering from your injuries at a price that’s worth it. We look forward to speaking with you today.

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