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Florida car accident: Who had the right of way?

When multiple motorists approach a Florida intersection or merge in traffic at the same time, an otherwise uneventful road trip can quickly become hectic. While there are traffic laws and safety regulations to which every driver must adhere, there is often confusion and driver error concerning rights of way. A recent collision occurred where this issue appears to have been a causal factor.

There were two vehicles involved in the collision that occurred on a Sunday afternoon. Florida Highway Patrol officers were called to the accident scene. They later stated that their preliminary investigation showed that one of the drivers may have failed to stop and yield a right of way to the other.

Thankfully, none of the injuries that resulted from the collision were considered life-threatening. Two people did suffer injury, however, and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. In cases like this, even lesser injuries can spark physical, emotional and financial distress in an accident victim's life, especially if he or she has to take time off work during recovery.

When a Florida car accident results in injury, it often leads to litigation. Chances of a recovering accident victim filing a personal injury claim increase when there is ample evidence to show that another driver's negligence or reckless behavior at the wheel was a causal factor in the collision that occurred. When a judge or jury is convinced of the same, the court often awards compensation for damages to the plaintiff or plaintiffs in question. Damages may include medical bills from physical injuries, emotional trauma, lost wages, vehicle repairs and more.

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