If you drive far or drive often, you are probably well aware that there are a great many four-way stops during your travels. Unfortunately, these stops can sometimes be a bit confusing, especially if they do not include a traffic light. Often, people don’t know when they are supposed to go, which can greatly increase the risk of car accidents. This risk is even further compounded when there happens to be a traffic circle in the vicinity, which is becoming more and more common.
The good news is that you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident at one of these stops if you familiarize yourself with the right of way laws that exist within the state. Sadly, though, knowing and obeying the rules does not absolutely guarantee protection since there are many other drivers, both locals and visitors, who do not know and/or abide by the rules. Thus, if you are involved in an accident at one of these stops, you can turn to your insurance company for help and protection. If your injuries and/or damages exceed the protection of your policy, however, you can still seek justice by choosing to file a personal injury claim.
Should you choose to file a claim, your job, as the injured party, will be to prove that the negligent party was at fault for and responsible for the accident. This is easy to do if the other driver committed an easily recognizable offense, such as:
lRunning a red light or not obeying a stop sign
lGoing over the posted speed limit
lBeing distracted, such as with text messaging or a phone call
lDriving while intoxicated
If you have proof that the other driver was negligent, this can greatly help you with your law suit. Whether you do or do not, however, you can and should seek assistance and advice by contacting a qualified legal professional who is used to handling these types of cases.