Calvin Anthony Smith Killed When Driver Fails to Yield on U.S 441
Micanopy, FL –According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a failed to yield accident on U.S 441 between a motorcyclist and a vehicle has left one man dead.
Reports mention that the accident took place on Sunday near Micanopy.
The victim, 33-year old Calvin Anthony Smith, was driving his motorcycle southbound on U.S 441 nearing the intersection of Southeast 185th Avenue.
Once he reached the intersection, the driver of a vehicle failed to yield to Smith, resulting in Smith crashing into the driver’s side of the car.
He was thrown off his bike and landed on the median of U.S 441.
Smith was sadly pronounced dead at the crash site.
FHP continues investigating the crash.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Calvin Anthony Smith
Failure to Yield Motorcycle Crashes
When collisions with motorcycles occur, the rider of the bike is often the one that is most in danger. The apparent fact is that they do not have any protection from a vehicle to guard them from the harm of the pavement or impact of the car itself. With right of way accidents, drivers are often unclear as to who has the right to go first and this is why the majority of accidents occur at intersections with traffic lights or stop signs. In this case, we know that the driver of the car failed to yield for Smith, resulting in his death. Understanding the rules of right of way could help save your life and prevent future accidents from occurring at crossroads. These are some laws that you should understand when right of way comes to play:
Controlled intersections: The simplest way to determine the right of way at a controlled intersection is to obey the signs and signals present.
Highway exit ramps: The drivers of the ramps must be the ones who yield to the vehicles that are coming from the access road. The vehicles on the ramp must be the ones yielding to any car that comes from the highway if a vehicle is entering a controlled-access highway.
Multiple-lane road intersections: 4-way intersection rules are applicable when one or two road lanes intersect with a larger road. This means that the driver from the smaller road must yield to the vehicles on the multi-lane road.
Intersections where no yield signs, stop signs, or traffic lights control it: If another vehicle arrives at the intersection at the same time as you, you would take it like a 4-way stop sign. You would have to yield to the driver on the right.
Did you know that your right of way is forfeited if you drive at an unlawful rate of speed? Do not speed and prevent collisions.
Unfortunately, Calvin Anthony Smith had to pay the consequence of a driver that failed to yield and violated his right of way. The family and friends of Smith will now have to live with this sad reality, but our personal injury firm of Percy Martinez sends out their prayers and best thoughts for everyone who is suffering from this terrible incident. Negligence is definitely the main factor in this accident. When negligence by another person causes a wrongful death, damages can be recovered.
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