Car Accidents Caused by a Failure to Yield
Most intersections have signs or lights in place to control the flow of traffic. Whether an intersection is managed by lights or signs, it is important that drivers understand who has the right of way on the road, so that they can yield to oncoming traffic as is appropriate.
Many car accidents are caused by a failure to yield. If a vehicle enters an intersection when they do not have the right of way, the driver may cause significant damage and, possibly, catastrophic injuries. The car accident lawyers at Quick Law Group, PLLC help individuals from Bellevue, WA, and surrounding areas get the financial compensation they are due for damages stemming from a car accident.
When Does a Vehicle Need to Yield the Right of Way?
A large percentage of car accidents take place in intersections. When there are multiple lanes of traffic, and vehicles coming from different directions, there is sometimes confusion about who has the right of way. Even when clear lights or signals are in place, some drivers are unsure of when they need to yield the right of way to other vehicles. In general, a vehicle should yield the right of way when:
- They are making a left-hand turn at an intersection (unless they have a green arrow)
- They are making a right-hand turn on a red light
- There is a flashing traffic light
- They are at a stop sign and other vehicles arrived at the intersection first
- They are entering or exiting a parking lot or driveway
- They are merging into another lane of traffic
- There is an emergency vehicle displaying lights or sirens
- There are pedestrians or bicyclists in the intersection
Liability for Accidents Caused By a Failure to Yield
Drivers are expected to follow traffic laws, which includes adhering to posted traffic lights and signals, and yielding the right of way as specified by the law. If a driver fails to yield the right of way, and it results in a car accident, that person should be held liable for the accident and any resulting damages. If an insurance company attempts to deny liability for an accident caused by a failure to yield, our Bellevue car accident lawyers can gather the evidence necessary to hold liable parties accountable.
Car Accident Damages
When another person or party is found liable for a car accident, they are responsible for compensating accident victims for any damages or losses related to the accident, including those that are economic and those that are non-economic. The specifics of each accident vary, but potential areas of compensation for our Bellevue clients include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of ongoing rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Lost wages and loss of wage-earning potential
- Pain and suffering
Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a failure to yield, you may be due substantial financial compensation for damages. To discuss your case with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer, send a message to the legal team at Quick Law Group, PLLC or call (425) 576-8150 to schedule a free initial consultation.