On the road, other drivers owe you a duty of driving safely, responsibly, and in accordance with established driving rules and norms. If another driver’s negligence led to your accident–either by ignoring traffic signs, driving recklessly, or driving while distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated–they may be liable for causing the accident.
A Hicksville car accident lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will handle all legal-system aspects of injuries, and related losses arising from accidents involving a failure to yield. Please contact us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation. We will help you identify the at-fault parties responsible for your accident and evaluate your losses and make a claim on your behalf. If the unique facts of your case call for a lawsuit, we will make sure your rights are protected, asserted, and filed within the statute of limitations that applies to your case.
In This Article
- How Failure to Yield Accidents Occur
- Types of Failure to Yield Accidents
- Filing a Claim
How Failure to Yield Accidents Occur
A failure to yield accident occurs when a driver who is required to give the right-of-way fails to do so, then causes an accident. Driving rules dictate who has the right-of-way at intersections, stop signs, roundabouts, and other places where vehicles may have to allow others to pass before they can safely proceed. These right-of-way rules apply to vehicle drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and anyone else using the road.
Failure to yield accidents can lead to injuries such as broken bones, head and spinal cord trauma, internal organ damage, paralysis, and even death. When these kinds of injuries require recovery time, victims may face lost time from work. These accidents can also lead to vehicle and other property damage. In the tragic event of a loved one’s fatality, the victim’s family will face, in addition to the devastating emotional pain, many other difficulties as well. These may include the loss of the departed’s income as well as funeral service and burial or cremation costs.
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Types of Failure to Yield Accidents
The examples below illustrate how failure to yield accidents often occur.
T-Bones at Left Turns
Many traffic lights allow drivers to take a left turn when oncoming traffic has the right-of-way, but only after yielding to any oncoming traffic. A failure to yield–especially if oncoming traffic is approaching the intersection at a high speed–can lead to a dangerous sideswipe or T-bone accident.
In general, a driver can turn right at intersections–even if the light is red–unless there are signs preventing such a turn, and only if the crosswalk and intersection are clear. If a driver fails to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians or vehicles in or approaching the intersection, they can cause an accident.
Signs and Signals
Drivers must come to a stop at stop signs and red lights. Drivers must also stop at a blinking red light. They can cross an intersection with a blinking yellow light if they slow down and cross while the intersection is clear.
If other vehicles are approaching the intersection, they must follow right-of-way rules to determine who may proceed first. When drivers arrive at the same time at an intersection, this can lead to an accident if one driver proceeds out of turn and strikes the other vehicle.
Roundabouts and Multi-Stop Intersections
The first vehicle to reach a two-, three-, or four-way stop has the right-of-way after coming to a complete stop. If two or more vehicles arrive at a stop or intersection at the same time, the car on the right has the right-of-way first. Vehicles that approach a roundabout must yield to vehicles that have already entered the roundabout.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Before proceeding to cross an intersection, drivers must yield to bicyclists and pedestrians already in the crosswalk. This applies even if the driver has the right-of-way or a green light.
Failure to yield accidents can also happen in driveways and parking lots, when vehicles merge or change lanes, and when emergency vehicles are involved. In general, drivers must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles, and they must stop and wait for vehicles or pedestrians to clear the area in front or behind them when exiting a driveway or a parking lot.
If you were in an accident that involved any of these types of violations, your lawyer will investigate this evidence to determine the value of your case.
A Hicksville failure to yield accident lawyer with our firm will help you analyze your potential for compensation. Please call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation today at (516) 932-0400 to learn more.
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Filing a Claim
After an accident, you may be facing medical costs, lost income from missed days at work, or even the psychological losses of pain and suffering. Let a lawyer fight for your compensation so that you don’t have to. By working with a lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we will identify parties liable in your case, communicate with those parties, gather evidence, and determine a value for your case.
Keep in mind that you have a limited amount of time to file a claim, according to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. This is known as a statute of limitations. Additionally, there are other deadlines that apply to your claim or lawsuit. A lawyer will talk to you more about the details of these regulations. In terms of promptly consulting with an experienced and dedicated lawyer, it is also important to keep in mind certain practical yet very important considerations. Certain evidence, such as eyewitness statements or video surveillance footage, for example, are most often, easier to find and collect sooner after the accident than later.
If you were struck by a vehicle that failed to yield, you are not alone. A Hicksville failure to yield accident lawyer is here to assist you. Please call (516) 932-0400 today. Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. offers free consultations, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us today.