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Venus Williams Right-of-Way Fatal Crash Lawsuit Settled

December 21, 2018 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

WPBF 25 News reported on November 21, 2018 that the right-of-way lawsuit in Palm Beach, Florida involving Venus Williams was closed the previous week following an undisclosed settlement. The estate of the Florida passenger who died in the crash sued Ms. Williams for running a red light and violating his vehicle’s right of way. No charges were filed against Ms. Williams or the driver of the other vehicle who was involved in the accident.

Failure to yield the right of way was a frequent contributing cause of the bicycle accidents researched in a Florida International University (FIU) report. The bicycle-accident report, commissioned by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), was issued in May 2017. The study found that the top five bicycle crash hot spots in each FDOT district experienced a total of 2,954 bicycle crashes during the four-year analysis period.

Motorcyclists are often the victims of right-of-way accidents. Vehicles making left-hand turns are required to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. When motorcyclists are approaching, this is particularly important. Motorcyclists can suffer significant injuries should there be a direct impact with the left-hand turning vehicle.

The Naples Daily News reported on Friday, November 30, 2018 that four people had minor injuries following a two-vehicle accident on Oakes Boulevard and Vanderbilt Road at 11:30 a.m. A spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of a blue GMC failed to yield the right of way when turning left onto Oakes Boulevard while the traffic signal was red. 

In the state of Florida, no one technically has the right of way. Florida’s law only addresses the issue of who must yield, or give up, the right of way. Every driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash. At stop signs, you must yield the right of way to all other traffic and pedestrians.

Florida statute 316.123 has the specifics on stop and/or yield intersections. You can access this information here: S316.123.

“Right-of-way issues are common causes of accidents, and we would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to obey Florida’s laws regarding the right of way,” said Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. “If you or a loved one is injured in a vehicle accident, please contact our firm 24/7. We have the experienced legal team ready to assist you.”


Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Cape Coral Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.




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