The Severity of an Intersectional Auto Accident
Because many automobiles lack sufficient protection on the sides, the impact of another vehicle striking it can potentially inflict serious, if not fatal, injuries to the passengers. In many cases, even if the vehicle is equipped with side airbags, they are not designed to activate unless the front bumper of the car has been struck.
The driver traveling on the street with no stop signal generally has the right of way upon entering the intersection. The law requires that a motorist who approaches an intersection with a stop sign must bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Only then should the driver assess the situation and determine if it is safe to proceed through the intersection. Failure to properly perform both parts of this legal protocol constitutes negligence and results in the offending driver owning responsibility for the resulting accident.
Intersectional auto accidents become much more difficult to assess when it is not clear which driver actually had the green light in their favor. It is typical for each driver to claim they had the green light and unless there was an impartial eyewitness to the accident, it is difficult to determine which driver was really at fault.
Many cities have specific traffic departments that maintain traffic sequence records for each of the traffic lights in their jurisdiction. A skilled lawyer can obtain these records and question each driver to determine the true sequence of the lights at the time of the accident.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in Orlando or anywhere else in Florida, you need the experienced and resourceful representation from Florida auto accident attorney, Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. Please contact our law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.