Every day, drivers in Roswell fail to yield the right of way to other drivers. While this can cause minor frustrations in some cases, it often leads to accidents. If you were hurt because another driver did not yield, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. Talk to a Roswell failure to yield accident lawyer about it today.
Our lawyers at John Foy & Associates are here to help you. We have been representing Georgians injured in car accidents for over 20 years, and we are not afraid to do what it takes to fight for your rights. If you did not cause the accident that harmed you, the law is on your side.
We can look at the details of your accident and discuss your compensation options—at no cost to you. If you work with us, there is also no fee unless we win you a settlement or an award. So, to get started with your FREE, no-risk consultation today, give us a call at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
What “Failure to Yield” Means in Roswell
When a driver fails to yield, it means they have not waited for another vehicle that has the right of way. The driver might fail to yield at an intersection, when getting onto a highway, when making a turn, or when changing lanes.
It’s vital for drivers to follow right of way laws because they protect the flow of traffic. Without yield signs and stop signs, drivers would not have a system in place to know when to stop and when to proceed. So, when a driver fails to yield as a traffic sign or signal indicates, it can swiftly and easily lead to a collision.
Failure to yield is a violation of traffic laws. If you are hit by another vehicle whose driver did not yield when you had the right of way, call the police right away and tell them what happened. Then, contact a Roswell failure to yield accident lawyer who can help you seek compensation for the accident you did not cause.
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Georgia Laws on Yielding the Right of Way While Driving
Georgia’s laws on stopping and yielding the right of way are covered under Georgia Code section 40-6-72. This statute dictates that:
- Authorized stop signs and yield signs can indicate the right of way.
- Any driver coming up on a stop sign must stop at a stop line or before entering the crosswalk on that side.
- If there is no stop line or crosswalk, the driver should stop at a point closest to the intersection where they can see approaching traffic on the intersection.
- A driver coming upon a yield sign should slow down to “a speed reasonable for the existing conditions.”
- If the driver is required to stop at the yield sign to be safe, they must stop at a stop line, before entering the crosswalk on their side of the intersection, or at the point closest to the intersection where they can see approaching traffic on the intersecting road.
- Once a driver stops or slows down, they must yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or so close on another road that they could pose an immediate hazard.
- If a driver has the right of way but yielding would prevent a crash from happening, they should yield anyway.
If two or more drivers arrive at an unmarked intersection at the same time, the driver on the right has the right of way. Drivers should also always yield to pedestrians at four-way stops. In addition, drivers who are making left turns should yield to oncoming cars unless otherwise instructed by traffic lights or officers.
Also, if a driver is in an accident with another driver after failing to stop at a yield sign, the accident acts as evidence of the driver’s failure to yield.
If you were in an accident with a driver who failed to yield, their actions alone may provide enough evidence to show their fault. A Roswell failure to yield accident lawyer can help you gather information to show what happened.
What Happens When Another Driver Fails to Yield
Anyone on the road can become injured by a failure to yield accident. Whether you were injured as another driver, bicyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian, or vehicle passenger, you have rights. If you were hurt because of the at-fault driver’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation.
The most expensive part of a failure to yield accident is the cost of injuries. Accidents caused by a driver failing to yield can range from minor bumper accidents to serious, deadly collisions. Common injuries from these types of accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burns and scarring
- And much more
After a failure to yield accident, it’s imperative that you get medical treatment as soon as you can—especially if you have serious or life-threatening injuries. If you don’t get treated at the scene, you’ll want to see a doctor no later than the next day or two after the crash.
If you wait too long to get treatment after a failure to yield accident, it can hurt your case and reduce your compensation potential. To learn more, speak with a failure to yield accident lawyer today. John Foy & Associates is happy to answer your questions during a FREE, no-obligation consultation if you call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Your Legal Options as a Victim of a Failure to Yield Accident in Roswell
If you did not cause the accident that harmed you, you should not have to pay for the costs. You may the legal right to seek financial recovery for damages like:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repair costs and
- Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one because of a failure to yield accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death case to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, and more.
After you file a claim to pursue recovery for your costs, you will have to deal with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Most of the time, insurance companies do not make it easy for accident victims to get what they deserve. That’s why we highly recommend working with an experienced lawyer who can handle the insurer and fight for your rights.
Get a Free, No-Risk Consultation with a Roswell Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer Today
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping victims of failure to yield situations to win what they deserve for over 20 years. We do not charge a fee unless we win you money, so there is no risk to you or need to worry about upfront costs. To get started with a FREE consultation today, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.