A 68-year-old Ocala man was killed in a Florida car accident that involved a driver who failed to yield the right of way. According to a news report in The Ocala Star Banner, the fatal crash occurred on East SR 40 near Southeast 12th Terrace in Ocala. Officials say the victim was in a 2000 silver Honda Accord with his 9-year-old grandson when a 1999 Toyota Camry turned right at the intersection and struck them. The Accord veered from the road and hit a wall. The man was killed and his grandson was injured.
The 21-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Toyota was not injured, but she has been cited with failing to yield the right of way at an intersection. This traffic fatality is the second in Ocala this year. There were four people killed in Ocala traffic accidents all of last year.
It is common for serious and fatal injury accidents to occur at intersections. When one or more drivers fail to obey traffic signs or to properly yield the right of way, it can lead to devastating collisions. Head-on, T-bone, and sideswipe collisions are all extremely dangerous, so it is crucial for all Florida drivers to drive defensively and to obey the law.
Under Florida Statute 316.123: “Every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line.” After stopping, “the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway.” Drivers who fail to yield can face citations from the authorities and liability issues from any pedestrians, bicyclists, or drivers they injure.
If you have lost a loved one in an intersection accident, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the ongoing investigation and help protect your rights. If it is determined that the at-fault driver’s negligence contributed to the crash, then, financial support may be available for your tragic loss.