Accidents involving the failure to stop at a stop sign are fairly common in Florida. Many times, these kinds of accidents are rear-end collisions. However, there are also instances of cars being T-boned, where one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. They often occur with distracted driving or drivers in a hurry and speeding, or simply not paying attention. When a driver neglects to stop at a stop sign, they may be at fault for the accident. This means that the victim is able to claim liability, personal injury, and property damage.
The Bradenton Herald reports on a deadly accident where a man ran a stop sign.
63-year-old James Pietarila was driving north on 28th Avenue East in a 2000 Dodge Dakota. He failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with 61st East Street. His car collided with a 2017 Dodge Journey.
The woman driving the Journey attempted to avoid the collision, but she struck the side of Pietarila’s vehicle. Her vehicle then rotated, striking his vehicle once more. The collision ended with his truck in a ditch on the side of 61st East, where it hit a tree and a guy wire.
Pietralia was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to fatal injuries obtained in the crash. The driver of the Journey was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident is still under investigation.