All drivers must yield the right of way on the road. Sadly, some drivers act like their way is always the right one. And when a failure to yield accident happens, it can lead to severe injuries or death.
If you or a loved one were victims, the other driver could be liable. You might be entitled to money for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Talk to a failure to yield accident lawyer today about your options.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help you build a strong personal injury claim for compensation. We’ll fight for what you deserve and are not afraid to stand up to the insurance companies. To get started with a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Right of Way and Yielding Laws
As it sounds, a failure to yield accident happens when someone doesn’t yield the right of way. A driver might do this on purpose or because of a careless mistake. Either way, they are responsible if they cause an accident.
These traffic signs and signals tell drivers when to yield:
- Red, green, and yellow lights
- Yield signs
- Stop signs
- Flashing yellow or red lights
- Red, green, or yellow arrows
Traffic laws also control how drivers should yield to others. For example, the driver who arrives first at a four-way stop has the right of way. Also, according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §40-6-72, drivers should yield to vehicles already in an intersection.
Failing to yield can easily lead to accidents. Other drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians can suffer horrible injuries. If you or a loved one were injured, you have legal rights.
The driver who failed to yield could be responsible for your costs. You can seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim with the driver’s insurance company. To fight for what you deserve, contact a failure to yield accident lawyer.
Failure to Yield Accident Causes
Many yield-related accidents happen at intersections. If one driver makes a mistake, it can cause a crash that involves multiple vehicles. For example, a driver who runs a red light can collide with another car passing through the intersection legally.
Other situations that can involve failure to yield accidents include:
- Turning right at a red light
- Pedestrian accidents at crosswalks
- Merging into traffic
- Not yielding to an emergency vehicle
- Turning left at an intersection
- Not checking blind spots before changing lanes
- Leaving a parking lot
You’ll need to identify what led to your accident. Your claim should show how the other driver failed to yield and how it caused your crash. To get help building your case, call a failure to yield accident lawyer.
John Foy & Associates will help you investigate the details. While you focus on healing, we’ll handle the legal side of things. We also will not charge you a fee unless we win you money.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 today for a free consultation.
Damages from a Failure to Yield Accident
An auto accident can affect your life in many ways. You might have painful injuries that affect your ability to work. Some injuries can leave you with lifelong disabilities or emotional traumas.
Your claim will need to show all of your personal injury damages. Economic damages might include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repair costs
Be sure to account for all medical costs. For example, you might need treatment or therapy that lasts for months or years. Your claim should include these costs so that you don’t pay out-of-pocket for them later.
Not all losses are financial. You might have emotional “injuries” from the accident, too, such as:
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Anxiety or depression
- Loss of enjoyment of life
An experienced lawyer will know how to calculate all of your damages. They’ll wait until you’ve completed all treatment to know your full costs. If you didn’t cause the accident losses, you shouldn’t have to pay for them.
Negligent Drivers and Failure to Yield
The negligent driver in an accident is responsible for the damages. Negligence means a lack of reasonable care towards others. In other words, a negligent driver has been careless—even if they didn’t mean to cause an accident.
If another driver caused your accident, their insurance company should cover the costs. However, the burden of proof is on you, as the victim, to prove fault. You’ll need to file an insurance claim showing that:
- The driver owed you a duty of care.
- The driver was negligent.
- The driver’s negligence led to your accident.
- You have injuries and other damages from the accident.
Your claim must show that a failure to yield was the cause of the accident. Failing to yield is a sign of negligence because it puts others at risk. To prove negligence, you’ll need to gather evidence of the other driver’s actions.
A failure to yield lawyer will know what to do. They’ll start investigating the accident and how it occurred. From there, they can help prove that the driver was responsible.
Handling the Insurance Company
The driver’s insurance company will probably push back. Insurance companies spring into action after an accident, looking for ways to pay you less. They might use tactics like:
- Asking you to give a recorded statement
- Using something you say against you
- Questioning your injuries and other costs
- Offering you way less money than you deserve
- Blaming you for the accident
It’s best to wait until you have a lawyer before talking to the insurance company. Your lawyer can communicate with the insurance company for you and negotiate if you get a lowball settlement offer.
Talk to an Experienced Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
If another driver’s failure to yield caused your accident, don’t wait to talk to an attorney. John Foy & Associates is available to take your call today and discuss your legal options. You might be entitled to full compensation for your accident costs.
We will not charge you a fee unless we win your case. So, there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for you. To learn more during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.