Daytona Beach, FL—Right-of-way laws tell drivers and pedestrians who gets to go first when the two meet at intersecting roads. A driver who must yield the right-of-way to another driver or pedestrian is required to stop and allow that person to proceed before them. Unfortunately, because many drivers often don’t understand their state’s right-of-way laws or don’t care to follow them, they are more likely to engage in an accident.
If a motorist was involved in a collision with a driver who failed to yield the right-of-way in Daytona Beach, FL, they may be entitled to recover damages from the driver’s insurer or even the motorist themselves depending on whether they were insured at the time of the accident. The key to recovering compensation is being able to prove the other driver was negligent. To do this, an accident victim can identify what right-of-way law was being violated at the time of the crash.
Understanding Florida’s Right-of-Way Laws
There are a number of right-of-way laws both drivers and pedestrians are required to adhere to in the State of Florida, a few of which are discussed down below.
Four-Way Stop Intersection
Four-way stop intersections can become extremely dangerous if one or more drivers don’t understand how Florida’s right-of-way laws work. When a driver approaches a four-way stop intersection, they are required to stop and allow any other vehicles that were stopped before them to go. In the event two vehicles stop at the intersection at the same time, Florida Statute § 316.006 says the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
If a driver neglected to yield the right-of-way for another driver, a Daytona Beach, FL accident attorney can help them understand their legal rights.
When a driver approaches a yield sign at an intersecting road, they must slow down and stop before entering the crosswalk. The driver must then yield the right-of-way to any driver that has already entered the intersection.
Yielding the Right-of-Way to Pedestrians
Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who have already entered the crosswalk.
Legal Remedies Available to Individuals Who Were Injured by a Driver Who Failed to Yield the Right-of-Way
If a driver or pedestrian was involved in an accident in Daytona Beach with a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way, they may have the grounds to sue the driver if he/she is underinsured or uninsured. A lawsuit may help an accident recover compensation to cover their medical expenses and lost wages as well pay them for their pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any other damages they might be entitled to. To find out if a driver has a viable case and what it is worth, contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. to speak with an accident lawyer in Daytona Beach, FL.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
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Daytona Beach, FL 32118