Many Dunwoody residents are in a hurry, even while driving. Unfortunately, that leads some drivers not to yield as they should. Failure to yield is a common cause of serious accidents. If you or a loved one were victims of this type of crash, you must know your rights.
Another driver might fail to yield because of:
- Reckless driving
- Blind spots
- Ignoring yield signs
- Running red lights
- Improper turns
- And more
Drivers should also yield the right of way according to traffic signs and laws. If someone didn’t yield and it caused your accident, that driver is liable.
A Dunwoody failure to yield accident lawyer can help you. At John Foy & Associates, we know how to build a strong injury claim for financial recovery. Our goal is to recover your accident costs fully.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation today.
Injuries from Failure to Yield Accidents
You expect other drivers to follow the rules. When someone doesn’t yield, there’s little time to react. As a result, victims can suffer severe injuries or even death from a failure to yield accident.
Common injuries from these types of accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
The severity of injuries depends on each accident. Even if you have minor injuries, see a doctor as soon as possible. You could have underlying issues that worsen with time. Plus, seeing a doctor will protect your legal rights.
The other driver’s insurance company will require proof of your accident injuries. If you don’t get medical treatment, there will be no way to support your claim. The insurance company will use that against you—so, always see a doctor.
Georgia Law on Yielding the Right of Way
Georgia Code § 40-6-72 covers Georgia’s yielding laws. The code includes how drivers should handle stop signs and yield signs.
Each driver should stop at a clearly marked stop line. If there is no stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk or at a point closest to the intersecting road.
After stopping, yield the right of way to any cars approaching or in the intersection.
Drivers coming upon yield signs should slow down to a reasonable speed for the conditions. If the driver needs to stop, they should follow the same rules for stop signs.
If someone ignores a yield sign and causes an accident, that can be “prima facie” evidence.
Prima facie means “at first look.” In other words, the driver’s failure to yield provides enough evidence of their carelessness. The driver who failed to yield will be at fault unless they can prove otherwise.
Personal Injury Liability in Dunwoody
Georgia drivers are responsible for injures they cause. If a driver fails to yield, it’s careless behavior. The law calls this negligence.
All drivers have a “duty of care” to drive carefully. If someone is negligent, it means they failed in their legal duty. When negligence causes an accident, the driver is responsible for the costs.
As the injury victim, you can file a personal injury claim with the driver’s insurance company. Your claim should show that:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care.
- The driver failed in their duty by failing to yield.
- The failure to yield caused your accident.
- You have injuries and damages from the crash.
The claim should also include all of your accident losses.
Building a strong claim is difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. An experienced Dunwoody failure to yield accident lawyer will help you with each step. To get a free consultation with one of our lawyers today, call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000.
Costs You Can Recover in a Failure to Yield Accident
If you didn’t cause your accident, you can recover all of your accident costs like:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You are probably eligible for more damages than you realize. For example, treatment costs are usually much higher than they seem at first. You might also have lost earning opportunities because of your injuries. Also, you could have emotional injuries without a set dollar value.
Your lawyer will account for all of your losses from the accident. If the driver had insurance coverage, you can file a claim to recover your full damages.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
Insurance companies do not make accident claims easy. Sadly, insurers care most about their own money. They will look for ways to pay as little as possible on your claim.
To protect your compensation rights, here are some tips:
- Do not sign anything or accept any money without speaking to a lawyer.
- Avoid talking to the insurance adjuster without a lawyer.
- Document everything from the accident.
- Save all evidence of your bills and other costs.
- Know that you do not have to speak with the other driver’s insurance company alone. You can wait until you’ve talked to a lawyer.
Talking to an experienced lawyer is a smart move after any accident. Even if you don’t hire a lawyer, a consultation can tell you a lot. You can learn about the worth of your case and what type of settlement you deserve.
Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win a settlement or jury award. Your lawyer only gets paid if they win for you.
Talk to a Dunwoody Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer Today
If you suffered injuries in a failure to yield accident, you’re not alone. You might be eligible for financial recovery, but don’t wait to take action. You typically have two years from the accident to file for compensation. You will need to build your case.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ll handle your case and the insurance company. If you get a lowball settlement, we’ll be ready to negotiate. Plus, we don’t charge you unless we win your case.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation today.