Clay County, FL – According to officials, a crash involving two vehicles and the deputy’s patrol motorcycle resulted in a critically injured.
The crash took place on Blanding Boulevard and Camp Francis Johnson Road.
The drivers of the two other vehicles, 35-year-old Stephen Schioppa, driving a 2011 Dodge Ram, and 43-year old Erin Taylor, driving a 2012 Ford Mustang were involved in the collision.
Schioppa was making a left turn onto Camp Francis Johnson Road from Blanding Boulevard in his truck while towing a trailer when he violated the right of way of Deputy. Zirbel that was riding the opposite way.
As a result of this violation, the right side of Schioppa’s trailer was hit by Zirbel’s motorcycle.
The impact caused the motorcycle to overturn and eject the Deputy, according to the reports.
Debris from the crash struck the third vehicle, Taylor’s Mustang.
Investigations and charges are pending.
Right of Way Motorcycle Crashes
When collisions with motorcycles occur, the rider of the bike is often the one that is most in danger. The apparent fact is that they do not have any protection of a vehicle to guard them from the harm of the pavement. With right of way accidents, drivers are often unclear as to who has the right to go first and this is why the majority of accidents occur at intersections with traffic lights or stop signs. In this case, investigators found that the driver of the Dodge Ram, Stephen Schioppa, violated the right of way of the Deputy, which resulted in the collision. Understanding the rules of right of way could help save your life and prevent future accidents from occurring at crossroads. These are some laws that you should understand when right of way comes to play:
Controlled intersections: The simplest way to determine the right of way at a controlled intersection is to obey the signs and signals present.
Highway exit ramps: The drivers of the ramps must be the ones who yield to the vehicles that are coming from the access road. The vehicles on the ramp must be the ones yielding to any car that comes from the highway if a vehicle is entering a controlled-access highway.
Multiple-lane road intersections: 4-way intersection rules are applicable when one or two road lanes intersect with a larger road. This means that the driver from the smaller road must yield to the vehicles on the multi-lane road.
Intersections where no yield signs, stop signs, or traffic lights control it: If another vehicle arrives at the intersection at the same time as you, you would take it like a 4-way stop sign. You would have to yield to the driver on the right.
Did you know that you right of way is forfeited if you drive at an unlawful rate of speed? Do not speed and prevent collisions.
Unfortunately, the Deputy Ben Zirbel had to pay the consequence of someone violating the right of way. He is in critical condition and our personal injury firm of Percy Martinez sends out their prayers and best thoughts for Deputy Zirbel. We hope that he recovers as quickly as possible and that liability of those who were negligent is paid for.