Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Flashing Lights At An Intersection Lead To Car Crashes

Each day on the road, we all move a little bit further away from the test we had to pass in order to be able to obtain our driver’s license, not to mention the written test for our learner’s permit. While this time grants us all priceless experience on the roads, which brings with us all-important confidence to handle most situations, it diminishes our knowledge of some of the more obscure and less often needed traffic rules of the road. In which order should we proceed through the intersection at a four-way stop? Can I make a left-hand turn across a double yellow line? How far should I be from the school bus when it stops to let out or pick up passengers? The purpose of this blog is to address some of the more common situations I experience in my everyday career as well as the things I see that drivers seem to not know how to handle.

Flashing Yellow Traffic Lights

A flashing yellow light has probably the most intuitive and simple rule, though how to proceed and the liability issues presented at such intersections are perhaps the most subjective and nebulous. A flashing yellow light is meant to indicate to drivers to proceed forward with caution, similar to a yield sign. If another driver is approaching the intersection or roadway that has a clear right-of-way, then the driver facing the flashing yellow light should yield the right-of-way before proceeding into the merge lane or through the intersection.

Flashing Red Traffic Lights

Flashing red traffic lights are typically used at dangerous intersections. They are to be treated the same as stop signs. When proceeding through an intersection with a flashing red traffic light, a driver should come to a full and complete stop, visually check all lanes of traffic to the right, left, and in front, and then cautiously proceed through the intersection.

Red Turn Arrows

A red right turn arrow requires a driver to come to a complete stop at the marked stop line, or before moving into the crosswalk or intersection.. After coming to a complete stop, the driver may turn right in spite of the red arrow at most intersections if the lane of travel is clear. However, occasionally there will be signage which specifically prescribes how a driver is expected to proceed with regard to the red arrow; such instructions must be heeded. Occasionally, a sign will be posted which states “No Turn on Red.” In these instances, despite the law that states that a vehicle can proceed after coming to a complete stop, a driver must wait for the light to change before they can proceed through the intersection.

Contact the Dolman Law Group

If you have suffered injury in an automobile accident due to another party’s negligence, or failure to observe the basic rules of the road described above, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Clearwater, Florida today. Personal Injury cases are fickle animals and lose value for the injured party with each passing day that said party goes without medical care and without legal representation. A qualified attorney will know how to sufficiently gather and present evidence of negligence in court so that you can receive the compensation you deserve. Please do not hesitate to call the Dolman Law Group for your free consultation today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

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