It is common following a motor vehicle accident for the investigating officer to issue the at-fault driver a "failure to yield" traffic ticket. Most failure to yield violations are obvious to the drivers involved in the accidents and typically are a result of inattention, speeding, or any one of the other common causes of car accidents in general. However, in some circumstances, it can be difficult to decide which driver was obligated to yield the right of way. By thoroughly investigating the causes of your accident, an experienced Missouri personal injury law firm can often prove vital to determining the underlying negligence that contributed to your failure-to-yield collision.
- Here are some common failure-to-yield incidents:
- Failing to yield when a car is making a left-turn at an intersection;
- Failing to yield before merging into another traffic lane;
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian or a bicyclist, especially at a crosswalk;
- Failing to yield at a flashing traffic light;
- Failing to yield when entering or exiting a parking lot or private driveway;
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn;
- Failing to yield to a bicycle when making a right turn and bicycle has the right of way;
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian when the pedestrian has the right of way;
- Failing to yield to cross traffic at a flashing yellow or red light;
- Failing to yield the right of way when merging onto a highway;
- Failing to yield at a stop sign until the driver that has the right of way is clear;
- Failing to yield from a side street, private drive, or parking lot.
Unfortunately, failure to yield accidents can result in serious, and sometimes even fatal, car accidents. Injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and numerous soft tissue injuries can be suffered in failure-to-yield accidents. These accidents have severely altered the lives of many victims and their families. These accidents can be particularly dangerous to motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Failure-to-yield cases can be complex because the accident scene can make it unclear who is at fault. In all accidents, it's a good idea to take photos of the scene and collect names of witnesses. Obtain medical treatment as needed, document what happened and who was involved to the best of your ability, and meet with an experienced accident attorney to discuss your case. This is particularly true when an accident involves failure-to-yield allegations.
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