Multiple Georgia statutes aim to identify who has the right of way in various scenarios on the roadway, including when crossing intersections. The goal of laws like these is to encourage drivers to yield the right of way when appropriate in order to avoid collisions.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 50% of the total fatal and injury accidents across the United States occur at intersections. Though the right of way statutes attempt to reduce the number of these serious collisions, when one driver completely ignores state law, an intersection accident is a strong possibility.
If you suffered an accident at an intersection when someone failed to yield, you may have an opportunity to seek compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering. For help building your case, you can contact an Alpharetta failure to yield accident lawyer. The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is ready to help. Call us at (404) 888-8888 for a free review of your case right away.
Understanding Failure to Yield
When a failure to yield violation or accident occurs, it means that a driver who does not have the right of way attempts to go first anyway at an intersection. Failing to yield in this scenario could lead to a collision, as the driver who has the right of way may not have time to slow down or readjust their course.
In other words, the driver who does not have the right of way should allow the other driver to enter the intersection first before proceeding. Some of the specific situations in which right of way violations may occur include:
- Four-way stop intersections. The motorist who arrived at the intersection first has the right of way. When two cars arrive at the same time, the driver on the left must yield right of way to the driver on the right.
- Left turns at an intersection. Drivers who are turning left at an intersection must yield to any oncoming traffic.
- Right turns at an intersection. Drivers turning right must yield to drivers already traveling straight through the intersection and to pedestrians who are in the crosswalk that would be in the path of the right turn.
- Obeying traffic signs. Drivers must follow any stop signs or yield signs at the intersection before proceeding, as per O.C.G.A. § 40-6-72.
- Crossing a road. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-73 specifies that any vehicle attempting to cross a road must yield the right of way to drivers who are traveling straight on that road unless traffic signals or signs force those drivers to stop and yield.
Showing Negligence in a Failure to Yield Collision
Should law enforcement find the driver who hit your car in violation of any of the state’s failure to yield traffic laws, the driver may receive a ticket. A ticket can serve as an important piece of evidence, which your Alpharetta failure to yield accident lawyer can use to support your case.
To win a personal injury claim, you and your attorney will need to show that the other driver was behaving in a negligent manner, and these actions led to the accident. Traffic tickets can show negligence. They indicate that the driver who hit you was not following the law, and doing so could have prevented the collision.
If you choose our firm, you can count on Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to have your best interests in mind throughout the process of filing a personal injury claim. We will work hard on your behalf, seeking to help you win the compensation that reflects your pain, suffering, costs of treatment, and reduction in quality of life.
For a free case review, call us at (404) 888-8888 today.
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Common Injuries in Failure to Yield Accident
Unfortunately, many failure to yield car accidents occur with at least one driver traveling at full speed, which can lead to serious consequences for the health of those involved. If another driver failed to give you the right of way and hit your car, some of the injuries you may suffer include the following:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Facial trauma
- Broken bones
- Ligament damage in the limbs
- Internal organ damage
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Types of Accidents in Failure to Yield Collisions
Multiple kinds of collisions can result in a failure to yield case. Examples include:
- Side impacts. A driver who enters an intersection illegally may be hit on the side of the vehicle by a car that has the right of way to travel through the intersection.
- Rear-end impacts. A driver who turns right without yielding the right of way to traffic already traveling straight on that road may cause a rear-end collision.
- Side-swipe impacts. A driver entering a roadway from an access ramp who ignores a yield sign and merges into traffic already traveling on the roadway may experience a side-swipe.
- Pedestrian accidents. A driver turning right who does not check for people walking in the crosswalk may cause a pedestrian accident.
Call an Alpharetta Failure to Yield Lawyer
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not require our clients to make payments ahead of time to secure our services in a personal injury case. Instead, we receive our payment from the compensation we recover at the end of the process.
This type of fee structure can be helpful when you have suffered significant injuries in a car accident and are unable to work while you recover. You do not need to worry about whether you can afford an attorney while you have no income.
Our team is ready to review your case. We can discuss the circumstances of your failure to yield collision and help you determine the best course of action. Call us for a free consultation at (404) 888-8888 today.