If you or a loved one was injured or someone died as a result of an at-fault driver’s right turn at a red light, you may be entitled to compensation for damages the accident caused by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
A successful settlement or judgment could cover your economic losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and damage to your property. The settlement may also cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Florida’s Right Turn on Red Light Law
While making a right turn when the light is red is often legal in Florida, it must be done based on the rules set in the Florida Statutes.
The most significant points the statute makes are:
- Drivers making right turns on red must stop before entering the crosswalk where there is a view of traffic that is approaching the intersection.
- The driver must yield to pedestrians and approaching traffic that has a green light.
- The driver must not turn on red when there is a visible sign that prohibits this.
This means that if you were driving straight toward an intersection where you had a green light, and a driver caused an accident by making a right turn without stopping and yielding the right of way, that driver could be found negligent and liable for the accident.
A negligent driver exhibits carelessness that a reasonably prudent person would not practice or show under the same circumstances. This means:
- The driver is beholden to you a duty to exercise reasonable care
- The driver violated that duty of care
- You were harmed as a result of this violation.
If you or a member of your family was injured, or someone died due to another driver’s negligence or failure to uphold the law, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help explain the options that may be available to you.
Seek Legal Assistance
You do not have to deal with the burden of going through the legal process alone. The legal team at Montero Law Center is available to examine your situation and discuss your options so you can concentrate on getting better.
We handle all negotiations with insurance companies as well as the legal technicalities and time deadlines involved with filing paperwork, appearing in court, and, if necessary, taking your case to trial. Contact Montero Law Center today for a free consultation at (954) 767-6500.