Dunnellon, FL – As you travel through Citrus County you will encounter many intersections, some busier than others. As with most drivers, you may find yourself wondering who actually has the right-of-way. While you are pondering this question, your uncertainty may cause you to hit the gas pedal and then abruptly hit the brakes, causing other motorists around you to smash into your vehicle.
According to the Driving Institute of America, an astounding 40 percent of all car accident fatalities throughout the country each year involve motorists failing to yield right-of-way at an intersection, running a red light or driving through a stop sign. As statistics show, not knowing what to do at a red light can be dangerous for everyone on the roadway. By knowing what the rules of the road are for red lights and intersections you can help prevent a Dunnellon car wreck.
A few tips you need to be familiar with when approaching a red light are:
Red always means stop. Even if you are planning to make a right turn, the law requires that you come to a complete stop before executing your next move. If you are continuing straight through the intersection, your vehicle must remain stopped until the light turns green.
Be extra careful when turning at a red light. Before turning right, stop and check your surroundings. Once the coast is clear, you may turn into the closest available lane.
Always yield to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road. Sadly, these types of accidents usually result in death, as even low-speed crashes can cause catastrophic injuries. When executing a turn at a red light, drivers must always yield right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the street.
Street intersection car accidents can lead to serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones, internal injuries and even, wrongful death. T-bone collisions, head-on smashups, broadside collisions and rear-end accidents are all very real possibilities at street intersections. If an unfortunate accident is caused by driver error or carelessness, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the accident and any damages to victims.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car wreck, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for any losses. A Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your legal options. Contact us online today or call 352-726-0078 for a free case evaluation.