According to the Insurance Information Institute, failure to yield was a top cause of traffic accidents. In 2016, failure to yield was the primary reason behind 3,659 accidents or 7% of all accidents. There are many reasons that a person may not yield to those with the right of way. One of the primary reasons behind failure to yield is intoxication. Distracted driving is another major reason that people will fail to yield. Many times, both intoxicated and distracted drivers simply fail to see the traffic signal or sign. Unfortunately, these accidents result in costly injury, property damage, and even death.
My Sun Coast reports on a woman who was critically injured in a car accident in Palmetto.
The crash occurred on Sunday afternoon at about 3:47 p.m. on US-41 at Moccasin Willow Road.
A 2001 Ford Explorer being driven by 18-year-old Aaron Walters of Cape Coral was traveling north on US-41 with three passengers in his vehicle. The passengers were 19-year-old Katelynn Greenhalgh, 18-year-old William Greenhalgh, and a 40-year-old woman whose name was not released.
Officers with the FHP say that it was unclear who had the right of way as Walters traveled through the intersection with Moccasin Willow Road. At the same time, 19-year-old Allison David was attempting to turn left on Moccasin Willow Road and the two vehicles collided.
Walters hit the front left side of David’s vehicle. The collision caused Walter’s vehicle to roll over in the middle of the intersection.
The 40-year-old woman was critically injured and was taken to Bayfront Hospital. The others only received minor injuries.