A 19-year-old man from Bradenton was cited after running a red light after he reportedly caused an accident. According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, the crash occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30.
The driver was reportedly behind the wheel of a 2004 Chrysler Towncar traveling west on 63rd Avenue East toward Ninth Street East. Meanwhile, a 2010 Chevrolet bus was traveling south in Ninth Street East, toward 63rd Avenue East. The Chrysler’s driver said he did not realize the light was red until he was already in the intersection. Additional reports from witnesses indicate the bus did, in fact, have a green light when it was struck.
Both drivers were injured in the accident, but neither one needed to be sent to the hospital. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but the at-fault driver was found to be operating with an expired license.
All motorists expected to follow rules of the road
Driving on Florida’s roads and highways is considered a privilege, and thus all drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road and act in a way that respects the safety of others. Running through a red light violates this “duty of care,” and drivers who engage in irresponsible behaviors may be liable for any injuries they cause as a result.
In this particular case, the injured driver of the bus could take legal action against the man who ran through the red light, as a failure to follow road rules in this situation directly led to the injuries in question. The bus driver could potentially seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other types of damages.
For further information and guidance on what you should do after a car accident in Florida, meet with the skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyers at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.