A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implies that drivers may be less likely to yield to vehicles that have the right-of-way than they are to obey less ambiguous road signals such as stop signs or red lights. Even if a driver’s failure to yield is not intentional, it may cause a serious accident and could be grounds for any victim, which may include you or your loved one, to pursue compensation for accident-related losses.
In the case of a fail-to-yield accident, you or your loved one may have access to the services of a Savannah failure to yield accident lawyer. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation about seeking compensation after a failure to yield accident causes injuries or death.
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A Failure to Yield May Not Be Intentional
There may be several reasons why a driver might fail to yield to oncoming traffic as they should. Reasons may include:
- They are not aware of what a yield sign means, even though they should
- They are not aware of proper practice as it pertains to right-of-way on a given roadway
- They are not able to see a yield sign, due to flaws in the condition or placement of the sign
- They are not able to see the sign because of conditions within their control, such as the status of their headlights or their own impairment
In other cases, failing to yield may be an intentional act. A driver could intentionally fail to yield if:
- They believe that they will be able to proceed ahead of oncoming traffic by accelerating, even if this would be dangerous or against the right-of-way rules
- They do not care about the safety of other motorists, or themselves
- They rationalize being in a hurry as a reason to ignore right-of-way rules
Whether a failure to yield is intentional or not is not necessarily of relevance in a case where a failure to yield results in an accident. Though such intent may be considered in determining compensation for a victim of a driver who fails to yield, the primary damage may come from the mere fact that a driver failed to yield, and caused an accident as a result.
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Dangers of Failure to Yield Accidents
Among other outcomes, a driver’s failure to yield could cause:
- Injury to oneself
- Injuries to others, such as yourself or your loved one
- Death to oneself or others, which could include your loved one
If you know or believe that an injury or death to yourself or your loved one is the fault of a motorist who failed to yield to your vehicle, then you may be entitled to compensation and may be able to collect awards through a lawsuit.
The Toll of Vehicle Collisions Is Great
The Georgia Department of Transportation notes that there were 1,507 traffic deaths in the state in 2019, and some portion of those deaths may be attributable to motorists’ failure to yield to other vehicles.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) notes that approximately 7% of accidents in 2018 were the result of a driver’s failure to yield. This figure may have become far more significant when you or your loved one became one of those affected by a driver who failed to yield.
Injuries You May Suffer
If you or a loved one were injured because of a failure-to-yield accident, then you may have:
- Suffered injuries that cause physical damage, which could prove to be long-lasting or permanent
- Suffered injuries that harm your cognitive function
- Suffered injuries that cause unwanted changes in your mood
- Suffered injuries that you must pay for the diagnosis and treatment of
Suffering any type of injury may have an impact that extends beyond the mere pain and restrictions that the injury itself causes. Such secondary impacts may include:
- A period where you are unable to work
- A period where you can only work in a limited capacity
- A permanent change in the number of hours you can work or the types of jobs you can hold
- Permanent disability
- Changes in your personality or mood
- Negative changes in the way that you relate to others
- A general decline in your ability to enjoy life
Such losses may be considered should you choose to pursue compensation through a lawsuit. A lawyer may ensure that each of your losses is defined and described as part of the process of bringing a lawsuit.
Consider a Lawyer to Lead Your Case for Compensation
You may consider employing the services of a lawyer if:
- You or your loved one were injured in a failure-to-yield accident
- Your loved one died because of a failure-to-yield accident
- Insurance is not sufficient, or available, as a means of covering your losses
- You want to pursue a level of justice beyond what an insurance settlement may provide
Should you choose to request the help of a lawyer, they may be able to guide you through the process of a lawsuit from beginning to end. Some of the ways in which a lawyer may assist you include:
- Obtaining evidence that shows you were the victim of negligence
- Obtaining any documentation that shows how your accident has caused you harm
- Filing paperwork on your behalf, including the lawsuit itself
- Making court appearances on your behalf
- Negotiating a settlement on your behalf
- Taking your case to trial if a settlement does not come to fruition
- Defending your rights
- Seeking compensation commensurate with your accident-related losses
These services could be of value to you, especially if you would not be willing or able to complete such tasks on your own.
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We may be able to help with your lawsuit if you or a loved one were harmed by a motorist’s failure to yield, or any other motorist act you believe was negligent. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today to learn more about how a Savannah failure to yield accident lawyer may work for you.