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Car Crashes: Who Has The Right-Of-Way?

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the FHP is investigating a two-car crash which occurred Sunday night that left a Fort Walton Beach man hospitalized in critical condition. A 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by a 26 year old female from Fort Walton Beach, was traveling northbound on Martin Luther King Boulevard and turning onto Hurlburt Road after the traffic light turned green when her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2010 Nissan Titan pickup driven by a 68-year-old male. According to the FHP release, the Nissan Titan failed to slow at the intersection when the crash occurred at 9:29 p.m. Sunday. 

WEAR Channel 3 reports that on FHP is investigating a crash in Molino that happened Saturday around 2:15 p.m. on Highway 29. A 60-year-old male who was driving a Dodge Ram, was stopped at a stop sign on County Road 196 at the intersection of US Highway 29 when he drove into the intersection and into the path of 31-year-old male's Chevrolet Trailblazer. 

Who has the right-of-way in Florida? The answer is no one! The law only says who must yield (give up) the right-of-way. Every driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash.

Stop Signs
You must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic and pedestrians at stop signs. Move forward only when the road is clear. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

Open Intersections
An open intersection is one without traffic control signs or signals. When you enter one, you must yield the right-of-way if:
A vehicle is already in the intersection.

  • You enter or cross a state highway from a secondary road.
  • You enter a paved road from an unpaved road.
  • You plan to make a left turn and a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction.

When two cars enter an open intersection at the same time, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

Source: http://www.123driving.com/flhandbook/flhb-right-of-way.shtml 

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