Venus Williams and The Virginia Intersection Right of Way Law

Recently, tennis player Venus Williams made news headlines because she was involved in a car crash in Florida that resulted in a death. The accident raised questions about intersection right of way crashes and I will explain the Virginia intersection right of way law.

Before Williams’ crash the light changed to green and she entered the intersection. While in the intersection, another driver made a quick left turn in front of Williams’ SUV forcing her to stop in the intersection.

While the former Wimbledon champion was stopped in the intersection, a third vehicle was approaching the intersection on a green light. That vehicle entered the intersection and struck Williams’ vehicle.

The resulting accident killed a passenger in the vehicle that hit Williams’ car.

The big question is ‘Who had the right of way in this scenario?’

Explaining the Virginia Intersection Right of Way Law

In Virginia the intersection right of way law is as follows:

  1. A driver who has a green light has the duty to move in the direction of the signal;
  1. However, the driver has a duty to yield to other vehicles and pedestrians lawfully within the intersection

In the event, Venus Williams was cleared of responsibility for the fatal car accident, noted CNN. However, she is being sued by the family of the 78-year-old victim.

New evidence found that the tennis star "lawfully" entered a Florida intersection seconds before a fatal crash involving her SUV, police said. That police statement and a surveillance video released by the police contradicted an earlier police statement that suggested she was at fault.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police said the video was obtained from the guard gate of a residential community close to the intersection after police started investigating the June 9 collision that injured Jerome Barson, 78 and badly injured his wife, Linda.

Jerome Barson later died of the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Police issued a statement saying they determined that Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal. She tried to travel north through the intersection at the time of the wreck.

If you have any questions about an accident you were involved in please watch this video or call me at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077. Find out more about intersection accidents here on our website.

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Will Dudley

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