A 70-year-old man was killed and another two teenagers sustained serious injuries in an accident at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Old Lazy River Road in North Port on the afternoon of Saturday, December 21.
According to the local law enforcement, a Dodge Caravan driven by the 70-year-old Minnesota man was heading north on U.S. 41 when he attempted to make a left turn on to Lazy River Road, right into the path of a Mercury E450 driven by a 17-year-old boy. The resulting collision caused the vehicles to overturn, killing the senior driver of the Dodge.
The driver of the Mercury and his 15-year-old passenger, both from Venice, sustained serious injuries and were taken via Bayflite to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. Officers continued to investigate the crash in the aftermath.
Drivers must yield to oncoming traffic when making turns
All drivers have the responsibility of yielding to other drivers who have the right of way. When making a left turn, this means waiting for all oncoming traffic to clear the intersection before making the turn. Drivers must carefully check to see that the way is clear and they have sufficient time to turn and cross the roadway before other vehicles would enter the area.
A failure to yield the right of way will result in that driver being considered liable for any accidents and resulting injuries that occur.
For more information about how to file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL auto accident injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.