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What To Do After A Roundabout Collision In Bradenton

Roundabouts are considered the safest design for four-way intersections. They improve traffic flow, reduce environmental harm, and are generally safer for both drivers and pedestrians when crossing. As a result, Manatee County has six new roundabouts planned for the near future. Although they are a safer alternative to other four-way stop designs, accidents can still happen at roundabouts. These accidents even happen at the Bradenton Beach roundabout on Gulf Drive and Bridge Street. So it’s important to stay vigilant when traveling through any roundabout even though they are safer. Here’s what you need to know if you are ever in an accident at a Bradenton roundabout.

Who Has The Right-Of-Way In A Roundabout?

The Florida Department of Transportation has an informative guide on how to travel through roundabouts on its website. Following this guide will help you avoid any collisions. When it comes to determining the right-of-way in a roundabout, it’s pretty simple. In most every case, the driver in the roundabout has the right of way. The drivers entering the roundabout must yield to this driver.

What To Do If You Are In A Collision At A Roundabout

When you are in an accident at a roundabout, here’s what to do:

  • If you are seriously injured, call an ambulance and/or get to the hospital. Everything else is secondary to your health.
  • Call the police and file a report. The police report will be very valuable if you have to file a claim for your injuries. The courts see police reports as an authoritative objective party.
  • Get the other driver’s information. You’ll need their name, contact, and insurance information including the provider and policy number.
  • Take photographs at the scene of the accident. Take photographs of everything you think is relevant from the accident including the vehicles, the roundabout, the site of the collision and road debris, injuries, and anything else that you think might be important. Remember you can never take too many pictures.
  • Collect witness contact information. If there were any witnesses to the accident like other drivers or pedestrians, get their contact information. Their testimony may be very helpful later in determining what happened during the accident.
  • Look for any video footage. Look to see if there are any security cameras on businesses or homes that may have captured the footage. Unfortunately, Manatee County has suspended its traffic light program but it is still worth asking the police officer if there are any street cameras.
  •  Contact your insurance company. When you call your insurance company, just let them know there has been an accident. Do not provide any more information than necessary and stick to the facts. NEVER admit fault for the accident, even if you think you are at fault.
  • Speak with an attorney. Regardless of the details of your accident, it’s always a good idea to get the advice of an auto accident attorney.

Who Is At Fault For A Bradenton Roundabout Accident?

If you’ve been injured and/or there is damage to your vehicle, you will have to file a claim with the insurance company. The insurance companies will then determine who is at fault for the accident. The at-fault party is ultimately liable for the financial cost of the damages. Fault is determined by assessing the right-of-way. They will also take into consideration other factors like if proper signals were used, if the roundabout driver was switching lanes, or if there was a rear-end collision.

Determining fault can get complicated in roundabout accidents. So you must have a knowledgeable expert on your side. The team at Justice Pays are the experienced Bradenton auto accident attorneys you need. Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh have fought to recover over $500 million for 10,000 auto accident victims. We can help you. If you’re in a roundabout accident, contact us on our website to schedule your free case review.

Daniel Murphy's passionate belief in upholding the Florida justice system by defending the rights of the public against corporate interests, has lead him to become one of Florida's most effective young attorneys. Daniel Murphy carries his enthusiasm for fighting for the rights of the injured outside the courtroom by staying involved in legal and community organizations.

What To Do After A Roundabout Collision In Bradenton

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