by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
One of a multitude of problems Long Islanders are facing as a result of Sandy, is navigating their vehicles safely through intersections without working traffic lights. Unfortunately, many people proceed through such intersections as if they automatically have the right of way. The result is often a failure to see oncoming vehicles with operators of the same mindset, thereby causing an accident.
If you are approaching an intersection without a working traffic light, please remember that drivers are obligated to treat that intersection the same as a four way stop. Failure to do so is tantamount to negligence and may result in majority liability for any consequential accident.
Long Islanders have more than a full plate in dealing with the ramifications of Sandy, without having to deal with injuries and damages from avoidable accidents. Please drive safely and remember that an ounce of prevention, really is worth a pound of cure.