Across the nation, Floridians have a reputation for being poor drivers. When traffic lights are broken, that reputation may be more well deserved than it is during typical days. According to reports, thousands of motorists in Palm Beach County have had their driving skills tested since Hurricane Irma moved out.
Thanks to the hurricane, dozens of intersections have had their traffic signals knocked out. The ensuing issues have been the result of several accidents. Officials are urging residents driving through the area to use a bit of common sense and a lot of patience. When traffic lights aren’t working, the intersection is considered to be a four-way stop.
When you approach a four-way stop, the person who got to the intersection first has the right of way. The next person to go is the person to the right. The next is the person to the right and so on. Think of an intersection as a sort of counter-clockwise movement. Police report people not even slowing down at these intersections, causing accidents that were entirely avoidable.
So far, there have not been serious injuries as a result of these crashes, but they have tied up intersections, officers and victims for hours.
If you have been injured in a car accident in West Palm Beach, reach out to our team. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries, property damage and more.