On August 5, an accident occurred in Bradenton when an 83-year-old woman driving a white car reportedly failed to yield while turning left, clipping the front of a motorcycle and then hitting another car after the initial impact. The woman said she didn’t see the motorcyclist approaching the intersection of 18th Street West and Cortez Road West, and was issued a citation by police for failure to yield to oncoming traffic,
Witnesses say the impact with the motorcyclist was quite hard, and the 22-year-old driver of the bike was ejected from his seat and flew into the air before crashing onto the ground. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken to the Blake Medical Center, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He had road rash on his hands and a broken femur.
Representatives from the FHP also said that the elderly woman continued driving after the collision toward a Toyota Camry, which was stopped at a stop sign on 18th Street West. She finally came to a stop after running into the Camry’s left side. Debris from the accidents was strewn all over the middle of the road when police arrived.
Failure to yield is one of the more common types of auto accidents. All drivers have a responsibility to make sure the way is clear before making a left turn. When they fail to meet this obligation, they could be considered liable for any injuries that occur in any crash that results.
For more information on guidance on proving liability after an auto accident, speak with a skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.