Right-of-way laws in Stonecrest exist for a reason. Still, some drivers refuse to yield when they should. A failure to yield can lead to a serious or deadly accident, and several people can suffer damages. If you or a loved one were victims in this way, talk to a Stonecrest failure to yield accident lawyer.
Failure to yield accidents can cause painful and costly injuries, vehicle damage, and emotional “injuries.” If another driver was careless, they might be legally liable for your costs. Our experienced lawyers can help you fight for the financial recovery you deserve.
Contact John Foy & Associates to learn your legal options today. We’ll discuss your rights and how we can help. To get started with a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Negligence in Failure to Yield Accidents
Georgia accident claims depend on the concept of negligence. As outlined under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-2, negligence is a lack of care towards others. When a driver doesn’t yield the right-of-way, they are not careful to avoid harm.
As the injured person, you can file a claim for financial compensation. As you build a claim, you must prove that:
- The driver owed you a duty of care
- The driver failed in their duty of care by failing to yield
- The driver’s negligence led to your accident
- You suffered injuries and other damages because of the accident
Proving the above statements takes work. You will need to gather evidence from the accident and your injury costs. Since it takes time to build a claim, don’t wait to get started.
What to Do After a Failure to Yield Accident
There are actions you can take as soon as the accident happens. After the crash, it’s important to document:
- The other driver’s actions
- How the driver’s actions led to the accident
- Your injuries and damage at the scene
- The aftermath of the crash
Here are some steps you can take to begin building your accident claim.
Report the Crash
In Georgia, you must report an accident with at least one of the following:
- Physical injuries
- At least $500 in property damage
Call 9-1-1 to report the accident, even if the other driver is resistant. Guilty drivers might try to handle the crash at the scene instead of calling the police. But this is never a good idea.
Failing to report an accident hurts your legal rights. Without a police report, there is no official proof that the crash happened. You will have a hard time proving the collision without one.
If you didn’t call the police or the other driver fled, don’t give up hope. Contact a car accident lawyer immediately so that you know your options.
Document the Scene
If you are well enough after the accident, you can gather evidence like:
- Pictures of your injuries and vehicle damage
- Photographs of details from the accident scene
- Contact information from any eyewitnesses
- Contact and insurance information from the other driver
You might also note any surveillance or traffic cameras nearby. Your lawyer can work to get copies of this footage, which might have recorded what occurred.
Get Medical Attention
Some car accidents cause life-threatening injuries. Failure to yield accidents can be especially severe. For example, many occur at intersections that involve high speeds.
If you have injuries that need immediate attention, don’t wait—call 9-1-1 for an ambulance. If the police are already at the scene, they can make sure you get help.
If you don’t get medical treatment at the scene, see a doctor as soon as possible after leaving the scene. Waiting to get medical care will hurt your case, so don’t wait.
Contact a Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
Even if you gather your own information, it’s best to call an experienced lawyer. Your lawyer will review the information you have and build on it. For example, they’ll contact eyewitnesses to get statements that can help your case.
A lawyer will also protect your rights. They’ll make sure each action you take is helping your case, not hurting it. Your lawyer will also:
- Gather evidence of your injuries and damages
- Calculate your total accident costs
- Protect your legal rights at each step
Car accident lawyers know how to handle the legal side of things. They understand that insurance companies will look for ways to pay you as little as possible. Your attorney knows how to handle the insurers and protect your right to the fullest compensation possible.
After your accident, Call John Foy & Associates for the power of the “Strong Arm.” We know what it takes to win cases and stand up to insurance companies. We also don’t get paid unless we win you a settlement.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with a FREE consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
Do Not Admit Fault for the Accident
If you’re worried about being responsible for the accident, talk to a lawyer first. Do not admit fault or blame to the other driver or the insurance company. The insurer could use an admission against you if you try to get a higher settlement.
Only talk about the details of your accident with your attorney. They can make sure you’re not unfairly blamed for something you didn’t do.
Examples of Failure to Yield Accidents
There are many ways the failure to yield can lead to an accident, such as:
- Failing to stop at a light or stop sign
- Ignoring a yield sign
- Not stopping or slowing down before turning
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic
A failure to yield can quickly become serious or deadly. If you or a loved one were victims, you have options. Talk to an experienced lawyer today about your next steps.
Talk to a Stonecrest Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
Failure to yield accidents have many consequences. The pain, costs, and stress of the crash are overwhelming. However, you shouldn’t have to pay if you were not at fault.
John Foy & Associates can help. We know what it means to build a strong injury claim for what you deserve. We also will not charge a fee unless we win your case.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a FREE consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.