Failure to yield right-of-way is one of the leading causes of accidents and is responsible for approximately 14.7% of all car crashes. A failure to yield accident is a car collision that is caused by a driver’s refusal to follow right-of-way rules. Many motor vehicle accidents, particularly side-impact collisions, pedestrian accidents and collisions with bicycles are caused by a failure to yield the right-of-way.
Right-of-way refers to the general rules about who goes first when the paths of two vehicles (or a vehicle and a pedestrian or bicycle) intersect. Failure to yield accident lawsuits are complex because it is not uncommon that the party that collides with another vehicle is the accident victim. The failure of the other driver to yield puts the accident victim in a situation where crashing into another vehicle is unavoidable.
The other driver’s insurance company may use this situation in an attempt to persuade you to waive your rights or to settle the case on unfavorable terms. The other driver’s insurance adjuster does not have your interest at heart and has only one goal in mind which is to avoid liability or minimize the compensation for your claim. If you are involved in a Georgia failure to yield accident, you should contact the experienced Georgia failure to yield accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law.
There are many types of Georgia failure to yield accidents including the following:
• Failure to yield to vehicles with right-of-way at a stop sign
• Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn
• Failure to yield at a pedestrian cross walk or when the pedestrian otherwise has right-of-way
• Failure to yield to cross traffic at a red light
• Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle when its lights and siren are engaged
• Failure to yield to traffic in the street when backing out of a driveway or parking lot
• Failure to yield when entering a freeway from an onramp
These are only a few examples of failure to yield accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries requiring a lifetime of rehabilitative care and astronomical medical expenses. If you have been in a Georgia car accident and the other driver did not yield the right-of-way, you may have a claim against the driver, the owner of the other vehicle and others for the following:
• Medical expenses
• Lost income
• Pain and suffering (includes physical pain, disfigurement, disability and emotional distress)
• Cost of care
• Other damages
Failure to yield the right-of-way may seem like a minor violation, but it can have serious consequences. When a driver fails to yield the right-of-way, it can cause road rage and unsafe retaliatory behaviors that could result in a car accident and serious injuries or fatalities.