As of Tuesday afternoon, the Orlando Sentinel was reporting power outages in more than 5 million homes and businesses throughout the state. Of the Central Florida counties, Orange County appears to be doing the best at restorative power (51% still without electricity), while Seminole County (68%), Lake County (59%), Volusia County (72%), and Brevard County (62%) are all struggling to see light. The enormity of work placed on Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light is well beyond the norm, but with curfews lifted, that means people are still out on the roads. And sadly, many of the sirens you hear have nothing to do with recovery efforts. Rather, far too many police officers and ambulances are flocking to intersection accidents where drivers have disregarded proper procedures in the absence of a working traffic light.
So here is a quick primer on dealing with a four way intersection when there is no operable traffic light:
Rule #1. Stop. Every time. If the driver ahead of you stops, that does not count as your stop. You still need to stop. Rule #2. Make eye contact, as best you can, with any other drivers at the intersection. Rule #3. Drivers on the left should generally yield the right of way to the drivers on the right. Rule #4. Be patient and courteous. Everyone has somewhere else they want to be. Bad decisions will impede all drivers involved in an accident.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.