Failure to Yield Accidents
Failing to yield is a common cause of car accidents in Jacksonville and throughout the country. Oftentimes, however, these cases can be difficult to prove; the accident scene may make it hard to determine which driver was at fault. Sometimes the wrong driver is charged with the car accident.
There are many types of failure to yield car and trucking accidents. These can include failing to yield at a traffic light, failing to yield to pedestrians, or failing to yield when merging, just to mention a few scenarios. Many times, a driver making a left turn on a solid green light fails to yield to an oncoming car, often resulting in a devastating auto collision. The result of these types of accidents is usually catastrophic with severe personal injuries or death. This is because the impact to the oncoming driver is typically head on, throwing passengers forward and causing injuries to the head, neck and brain, and sometimes causing broken bones as well.
These types of accidents are especially devastating for motorcyclists. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that failing to yield is the number-one cause of motorcycle accidents.
This is often because the driver of the car, truck or other vehicle does not see the smaller motorcycle, resulting in a serious and sometimes fatal accident. Bicyclists and pedestrians are also at high risk in failure to yield accidents. Other types of failure to yield accidents include failure to yield at a crosswalk, failure to yield to emergency vehicles and failure to yield from a private drive or parking space. Most of the time, these types of accidents result in serious broadside collisions.
When you are hit because of another driver’s failure to yield, the consequences are rough. Victims usually experience physical injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and sometimes even psychological damage. It is not uncommon for the at fault driver’s auto insurance company to make attempts to settle an injured person’s claim. Do not accept any payment from an insurance company before talking to an experienced attorney who can inform you of your rights. At The Lawrence Law Group, we have the resources to thoroughly investigate your claim to help you get the compensation you deserve for the other driver’s negligence in causing the accident.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are the victim of another driver’s failure to yield, take photos of the accident scene and document what happened. This may help prove your case. There are situations where police officers may not assign fault correctly in these types of accidents. It is crucially important not to admit fault or make any statements to the other driver’s insurance company. Seek medical attention first and then take the time to meet with an experienced accident attorney to determine your next steps.
If you or someone in your family is the victim of a failure to yield car or trucking accident, give The Lawrence Law Group a call. We can meet you at our downtown office, or at a nearby location. We can even come to you if you prefer. Your initial consultation is free and you will not pay us anything unless our firm can recover damages on your behalf.