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Do Not Roll Through Stop Signs


It happens all the time, cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles approach a stop sign but fail to completely stop. Rolling through a stop sign is a bad habit that must be curbed. Failure to stop is illegal, dangerous, and could result in serious injuries to the driver, their passengers, pedestrians, and individuals in other vehicles.

When an accident occurs due to the other driver failing to stop their vehicle at a stop sign or stop light, it is important to have a legal advocate on your side. A Miami car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights in the aftermath of a Florida car crash.

Failing to Stop at Stop Signs Is Illegal

For everyone’s safety, individuals using city streets and roads must abide by traffic laws. It is illegal for a person to not completely stop at a stop sign. If someone does not stop, they can receive a traffic violation. In Florida, the violation ticket will typically carry at $125 fine. Even when no one is around and a driver does not feel there is a need to stop, it is the law.

One of the major reasons for the law, whether there is traffic or not, is for public safety. For example, pedestrians rely on everyone following the rules so they can safely cross a street. If someone is assuming a car will stop because a stop sign is posted, and they do not stop, the results can be disastrous.

Stop Sign Accidents Can Be Complicated

When investigating an accident, things can become complex when both parties claim they have done nothing wrong. If you were injured because a driver drove through a stop sign, you have rights, even if they are claiming it was ok for them to make the illegal move. A Miami car accident lawyer can help you prove fault.

Reasons stop signs accidents happen include the following:

  • Inattentive drivers. Drivers who simply do not notice a stop sign and carelessly drive through.
  • Right-of-way misunderstandings. If both drivers believe they have the right-of-way and move forward, accidents can happen.
  • Visual obstructions. If a stop sign is blocked by a tree or truck, a driver might not have seen the sign.
  • Inclement weather. If there is snow, rain, or sun glare, a driver may not see the stop sign before they are in the intersection.

The bottom line is that a driver who does not stop at a stop sign, and that failure causes an accident, the driver can be held liable. Traffic laws are important, the road needs to be a place free of uncertainty, when possible, so people can move about the world safely. Stay safe, follow the rules, and always stop at stop signs.

If you were injured because of the negligence of another, you have a legal right to compensation for damages. The Miami personal injury attorneys at Spencer Morgan Law can help. Our lawyer can walk you through the legal process. Contact us today at 305-423-3800 to schedule your free consultation.

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