A Bradenton woman was recently charged with failure to yield for the role she played in causing a serious motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 41 September 8.
The accident reportedly occurred at the intersection of 57th Avenue West and U.S. 41 at approximately 7:15 a.m. The 34-year-old woman was attempting to make a left turn onto 57th Avenue West from the southbound center lane of U.S. 41, but allegedly failed to yield to a 40-year-old motorcyclist who was traveling in the left northbound lane of the highway.
The rider slammed on his brakes, but lost control of his bike and collided with the woman’s minivan. The man was taken to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries that were deemed to be non-life threatening.
Failure to yield a common issue
Failure to yield is one of the most common types of car and motorcycle accidents. Because they are smaller, motorcycles can be a little more difficult to see for the drivers of passenger vehicles. Still, all drivers are expected to slow down and yield to oncoming traffic before making a left turn.
The woman’s actions were especially egregious considering she was trying to make the left turn from the center lane. This would indicate that she was not entirely prepared to make the turn, and may have attempted to rush it.
Failure to yield accidents are particularly dangerous in that they often involve either head-on or broad-side collisions. These types of accidents typically lead to more serious injuries and more significant vehicle damage, especially at high speeds.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an auto accident you believe was due to the negligence of another party, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.