A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to others on the road is one of the most common types of car, bike and motorcycle accidents, and most commonly caused by aggressive driving, distracted driving, and drunk driving. These types of accidents can not only be fatal, but they are preventable. Every year, tens of thousands of people are killed in car accidents across the country, and another 2 million people are injured.
Oftentimes drivers must make immediate decisions about which driver, pedestrian, motorcycle rider or bike rider has the right of way, and which one has to yield. Most drivers might not realize that if there are no traffic control devices or if they are faulty, then the driver must yield to pedestrians, and must treat an intersection as a four-way stop sign. Some drivers may act as if they always have the right of way, disregarding the rules of the road and the safety of others.
Every day, someone commits a “failure to yield” infraction, not realizing the potential catastrophe they can cause. There are various types of these accidents that can cause tragic injuries.
Types of Failure to Yield Accidents
- Failure to yield from parking lots, parking spaces or driveways
- Failure to yield when merging into traffic
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn
- Failure to yield to emergency vehicles such as fire trucks or ambulances
- Failure to yield to pedestrians or bicyclists or at crosswalks
- Failure to yield at flashing traffic lights
Injuries from these types of accidents can range from minimal such as scrapes or bruises to more severe such as spinal cord injuries, concussions, broken bones, or paralysis to fatal injuries…permanently altering the lives of victims and their families.
If you’ve been involved in a failure to yield accident and you believe the other party is at fault, take photos of any and all injuries and damages. In addition, exchange insurance and other contact information with the other party involved, as well as obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident.
Sometimes these types of accidents can be difficult to prove who is at fault based on the scene of the accident. The best thing you can do is to consult personal injury attorney, Lenore Shefman, of Cyclistlaw and The Shefman Group. She has the expertise to thoroughly investigate your case and help prove the fundamental negligence that caused the failure to yield accident.