1 Killed, 2 Injured In Crash
Driving requires significant skill and attention. Pulling out from a driveway onto a highway is an act that needs to be taken seriously. You need to be patient.
An SUV pulling out of a private driveway in Mayo collided with another vehicle, leading to fatality. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of December 2 on U.S. 27.
An SUV was pulling out of a driveway and attempting to get onto U.S. 27 when it collided with a pickup truck. The front end of the pickup hit the driver’s side of the SUV. The driver of the SUV, a 51-year-old man, was killed in the crash. A passenger, a 47-year-old man from Mayo, suffered critical injuries.
The occupants of the pickup truck were injured. The driver, an 18-year-old man, and a passenger, a 16-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries. Another passenger, a 38-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries.
Exiting a Driveway
Exiting a driveway can be tricky, especially if there are blind corners, poor weather, and other factors that can affect visibility. If you are leaving a driveway, you do not have the right of way; the other vehicles on the roadway do. Therefore, if a crash does occur, you will likely be held liable.
Drivers must yield the right of way before making a move. Those exiting a driveway must wait until the road is clear before pulling out into traffic.
When a driver reverses onto a public street, they have a duty of care to look out for traffic on the street. Vision is key when backing up, so drivers must make sure they can have clear lines of sight and can see all oncoming vehicles. Even though most vehicles are equipped with backup cameras, you still need to use your eyes and look around the car as you back up.
If you enter a street without taking proper safety precautions, you will likely be held liable for a crash. The only exception would be if the car already on the road was driving unsafely. Just because a driver has the right of way does not mean they are exempt from all fault while driving on the road. They could still be negligent and cause an accident. Some examples would be speeding or running stop signs. In those cases, the drivers of both vehicles may both be at fault.
Compensation will be awarded based on the degree of responsibility. A driver 50% at fault, for example, would lose 50% of the available compensation.
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It’s important to be vigilant when pulling out of driveways. Other drivers are not always expecting vehicles coming from private areas.
Injured in a crash? Seek legal help from a Gainesville auto accident attorney at Meldon Law. We can assist you with your claim. To schedule a consultation, call (800) 373-8000 or fill out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.