Merging: Who Has the Right of Way?

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When you are merging lanes on busy roads accidents can happen easily when drivers do not understand the rules of the road and who has the right of way.

According to the Florida Driver License Handbook, when merging onto the expressway or highway, the drivers entering the flow of traffic must yield the right-of-way. Those vehicles in the through lane have the right-of-way but need to be aware of other vehicles that are trying to merge.

In addition, when merging, the merging traffic is responsible for using their signal to indicate their intended changing lanes. In fact, according to the traffic handbook, you should begin using your blinker at least 100’ before your attempt to merge. 

A violation to merge correctly based on Florida State Statute is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

If you have been in a car accident while merging lanes, the person at fault is typically the car that is merging, not the through traffic. If you have been the victim in one of these accidents, it’s important to understand your rights and get help from attorneys in North Miami FL.

When you speak with a personal injury attorneys Miami after a traffic accident, we can provide advice and guidance on your best next steps. We can help you navigate the court system and will work with insurance companies to ensure you are taken care of.

If you have been in an accident while merging, the team at Buchalter Hoffman and Dorchak who are victims of a car accident will help you prove who is at fault for the accident, will work with the police to ensure the report is filed correctly and will help ensure your medical bills and any money for lost wages are covered.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our North Miami Florida attorneys today for a free consultation.

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