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How Fault Is Determined In A Sarasota Four-Way Stop Accident


Florida’s right-of-way laws are designed to help clarify when to stop and when to go at intersections. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always understand or follow these laws, which leads to accidents. Accidents are very common at Sarasota’s four-way stops. So it is really important that we understand the right-of-way laws and how they are used to determine fault.

What Florida Law States About The Right Of Way

The right of way at intersections is determined by Florida State Statute Title XXIII, Chapter 3, Section 123. 316.213b states:

“At a four-way stop intersection, the driver of the first vehicle to stop at the intersection shall be the first to proceed. If two or more vehicles reach the four-way stop intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.”

When determining who is at fault for the accident, the insurance companies and courts reference this law. They look for evidence to prove who had the right-of-way and who did not.

How To Prove Right-Of-Way In A Four-Way Stop Collision

To prove the right-of-way, you and your attorney will have to gather evidence. In most four-way intersections in Florida, there are traffic lights. You can find a list of the red light cameras in Sarasota on the Sarasota Police website. Beyond traffic camera footage, there is other evidence you can collect including:

● Police Report: Anytime you get into an accident, you must contact the police. They will take a report of the accident that includes everything from vehicle location, type of damage, and what, if any, legal violations occurred. This report is treated as objective by the insurance companies and can be very valuable evidence.

● Photographs: If you can, always take photos of the accident. With smartphones, this is very easy because you can take hundreds of pictures. Take photographs of the accident, the site of the accident, the road, the vehicle damage, your injuries, and anything else that is important to the collision.

● Testimony: If there were any witnesses to your accident such as other drivers and pedestrians, you will want to get their contact information. Their statements are also valuable by the courts as being objective.

● Video Footage: Look for cameras besides traffic cameras such as security cameras on businesses or doorbell cameras on homes. These cameras may have captured the incident. Find the owner of the camera right away and request a copy of the video footage.

All of these things can help you prove who was at fault. Other pieces of evidence that can help are your medical documents, property damage, and expert witness testimony.

Beware These Dangerous Sarasota Intersections

As the population of Sarasota booms, some intersections are being used more frequently. As a result, we’re seeing accidents occur more often at these popular intersections. Here are the most dangerous intersections in the Sarasota area:

● U.S. 41 and 53rd Avenue West
● University Parkway and I-75
● Jacaranda Boulevard and East Venice Avenue
● U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road
● Cortez Road Bridge

Use caution any time you cross these intersections to avoid an accident.

If you are ever in a four-way stop accident in Sarasota, Justice Pays has your back! Our knowledgeabl auto accident legal team Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh have resolved over 10,000 accident injury cases, recovering over 500 million dollars. No matter the type of accident, they know how to prove fault and get the compensation you need for your damages. Contact us now for a free case review to get started!

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

How Fault Is Determined In A Sarasota Four-Way Stop Accident

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