The Northwest Florida Daily News reports on a horrible accident that occurred Wednesday morning. According to the FHP report, a 61 year-old male from Mary Esther was traveling north on Lewis Turner Boulevard when a FedEx truck turned left in front of him. The driver of the Fed Ex Truck “failed to yield the right of way”, according to the report, and caused the accident by turning in front of the motorcycle. The impact was so significant that the motorcyclist was taken by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola following the 8:54 a.m. accident and was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. The report also notes that the Mary Esther man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Charges are pending, according to the Highway Patrol news release.
Our thoughts and prayers are with this man. We hope he has a quick recovery.
Who has the right-of-way in Florida? Florida law says one must give up the right-of-way in an open intersection (one without traffic control signs or signals) 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.