Drivers have a duty to follow traffic laws and signs in Johns Creek, including signals to yield the right of way. Whether a driver is not paying attention or chooses not to yield, they are responsible if they cause an accident. If you were injured because of a similar situation, you’ll likely need help from a Johns Creek failure to yield accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, our attorneys can help you. Over the past 20-plus years, we have grown to become one of the largest and most respected personal injury law firms in Georgia, including in Johns Creek. We do not charge a fee unless we win you money, so you can begin working with us at no risk to you.
Contact us today and we’ll get you started with a FREE consultation and case evaluation. We’ll go over the details of your accident and discuss your compensation options for your damages. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get your FREE consultation today.
Failure to Yield Laws in Johns Creek
Georgia has specific laws about yielding the right of way, which are covered under Georgia Code § 40-6-72. Here are some of the most important ones for drivers to know.
Stopping at an Intersection
Every driver in Georgia, when approaching a stop sign, should:
- Stop at a clearly-marked stop line;
- Before the crosswalk on their side of the intersection (if there is no stop line); or
- At the point closest to the intersecting road where the driver can view approaching traffic on that roadway (if there is no crosswalk).
After the driver stops, they should yield the right of way to other drivers who are already in the intersection or approaching from another road close enough to be hazardous when trying to cross.
If two drivers come upon an unmarked intersection, the driver on the right has the right of way. The driver on the left must yield to them. At four-way stop intersections, the driver who arrived first has the right of way.
Yielding to Pedestrians
When drivers are at a four-way stop in Johns Creek, they must always yield the right of way to pedestrians.
Yield to Emergency Vehicles
When meeting an emergency vehicle that has its siren and lights on, drivers should pull over to the right and stop to let the vehicle pass. When an emergency vehicle, drivers should merge over a lane and be careful when passing. This is covered under Georgia’s Move Over Law.
Vehicles should also stop when coming upon a school bus with its sign out and flashing lights on.
Yielding Before Turning
When making a left turn, drivers should yield the right of way to any oncoming traffic. When turning onto any street, a driver should yield to vehicles that are already on the road.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who failed to yield correctly, that driver may be responsible for your damages. To discuss your legal options during a FREE consultation with a Johns Creek failure to yield accident lawyer, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
Common Causes of Failure to Yield Accidents
There are many different reasons a driver might fail to yield as they are supposed to, such as:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone
- Drinking and driving
- Aggressive driving
- Ignoring traffic signals
These are just a few examples. Anything that prevents a driver from being careful and attentive can lead them to not yield as needed. This can quickly cause a serious collision, especially when the driver runs a red light or stop sign at an intersection.
The Insurance Company Is Not on Your Side
If the other driver was at fault for your accident, you can seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim with their insurance company. This is where things can get especially difficult.
Insurance companies, unfortunately, care most about their bottom line. They will look for ways to reduce what they have to pay on your claim. Common tactics insurance adjusters use include:
- Offering you a lowball settlement;
- Downplaying the severity of your injuries;
- Asking you to give a recorded statement that could be used against you later;
- Trying to make you feel like you cannot receive a better settlement; and
- Doubting the damages you list in your claim.
Insurance companies know that if you were partially at fault for the accident, it may reduce their liability. They also know that most accident victims are vulnerable and inexperienced with car accident claims. To protect your legal rights as fully as possible, it’s best to contact a Johns Creek failure to yield accident lawyer as soon as you can.
Having a lawyer on your side levels the playing field and ensures the insurance company won’t take advantage of you. If the insurer tries to offer you a lowball settlement, your lawyer can also work to negotiate for a settlement that is actually fair to you. In some cases, you might need to file a lawsuit to get what you deserve—and your lawyer will be there every step of the way.
Damages You Can Include in Your Car Accident Claim
If you were not at fault for your accident, you should be able to receive compensation for any damages you suffered from the accident. Those may include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering damages, which are intangible losses, are especially difficult to prove. If the driver was being reckless, malicious, or wanton, you may also be eligible for punitive damages. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence to demonstrate everything you lost because of the accident.
Speak with a Johns Creek Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been assisting accident victims with their injury claims for more than 20 years. Working with us is risk-free because we don’t charge a fee unless we win you money. Plus, the consultation is always FREE.
To get started with your FREE consultation today, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.