Irving Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
Yielding is vital to safe driving. When a driver refuses to yield, accidents occur. In Irving, TX, failure to yield accidents often occur in intersections. These accidents may result in damage to your vehicle, injuries, or even death.
Often, failure to yield accidents involve multiple vehicles. They can be legally messy. You may find yourself struggling to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. Even minor failure to yield collisions can still impact your life.
That’s why our lawyers are here to help. We’ll ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. If another driver causes an accident by failing to yield, you may be owed a large settlement.
Call (469) 998-4069 today to speak with a failure to yield accident lawyer. Our Irving law office offers free consultations. There’s zero obligation. If we do take your case, you won’t pay for our services unless we help you win.
What Is a Failure to Yield Accident?
A failure to yield accident is any accident that occurs when one or more vehicles refuse to give up the right-of-way. Sometimes, drivers refuse to yield on purpose. In other cases, their failure to yield is unintentional. Some drivers are simply ignorant about the local right-of-way laws in Texas.
Right-of-way laws determine which vehicle has the right to continue driving, and who must stop or yield. These laws are designed to protect motorists as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
Right-of-way is very important whenever there’s an intersection without traffic lights. For example, right-of-way determines the safe flow of traffic at four-way stops and “T” intersections. Anyone who drives on rural roads also needs to be aware of the right-of-way rules.
In Texas, drivers must yield the right-of-way in the following situations:
- When turning left or right — If you do not have a green arrow, you must always yield to the cross street traffic. Drivers must also yield to any bicyclists or pedestrians in crosswalks.
- At uncontrolled intersections — If there are no traffic lights or signs, you are required to yield to any cars that are already in the intersection. You must also yield to any cars on your right side.
- On rural roads — If you’re driving on an unpaved road that intersects with a paved street, you must yield to the traffic on the street.
- On private roads, alleys, and driveways — Drivers on private roads or in alleys and driveways must always yield to the cars on the main public street.
- Near light rail and railway crossings — Public transportation always has the right-of-way.
Additionally, Texas drivers must always yield to emergency vehicles and pedestrians.
Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. You must yield even if they are crossing without a “Walk” signal. You must also yield to pedestrians who are still in the crosswalk when your light turns green.
Common Failure to Yield Accidents
Failure to yield accidents are more likely to occur in certain specific scenarios. As mentioned, these accidents usually happen near intersections.
Intersections can be very busy and complicated, especially if there are multiple lanes of traffic. Pedestrian crosswalks can also contribute to the confusion. Drivers may become overwhelmed and forget to yield.
Alternatively, they may refuse to respect other drivers. Many failure to yield accidents occur when a driver is speeding or making reckless maneuvers. On highways, failure to yield accidents happen when drivers refuse to let other vehicles merge into their lane.
Failing to yield can cause different types of car accidents, including:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear collisions
- Side-impact collisions, also known as broadside collisions or “T-bone” accidents
- Rollover accidents
Failure to Yield Accidents, Liability, and Proximate Cause
Failure to yield accidents can be complicated legal cases. It can be difficult to determine liability because of a concept known as “proximate cause.”
This happens when a driver who fails to yield causes an accident, but the accident occurs between two other vehicles.
For example, let’s say you’re driving through a four-way intersection with stop signs. You have the right-of-way, but another driver refuses to yield.
This driver speeds through the intersection, forcing you to swerve. You successfully avoid the speeding car. Unfortunately, you collide with another vehicle instead.
In this scenario, the driver who refused to yield triggered the accident by forcing you to swerve. Their vehicle was not involved in the collision, making them the proximate cause as opposed to the direct cause.
Often, negligent drivers like the one described in this scenario will simply keep driving. However, even if you get their license plate or other personal information, it’s still hard to prove liability. That’s why it helps to have legal assistance in failure to yield accidents.
Failure to Yield Accident Injuries
Failure to yield accidents can cause serious injuries. In some cases, these injuries require multiple surgeries as well as physical therapy. Some people may be permanently disabled. You may be unable to return to work and may require long-term medical care.
If you’ve been in a failure to yield accident, you may experience the following:
- Head and neck injuries —This may include minor injuries such as concussions and whiplash, or major injuries like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. You may be partially or fully paralyzed as a result of these injuries.
- Broken bones — Failure to yield accidents can cause broken arms, legs, ribs, collar bones, or other broken bones. These injuries may be small impact fractures or more serious breaks that require surgical implants like steel rods.
- Cuts, bruises, and burns — After a failure to yield accident, you may also experience cuts, bruises, or burns. Internal bleeding can also occur.
- Psychological injuries — Some accident victims experience acute anxiety, PTSD, depression, or other mental health problems. These psychological injuries may impact your ability to return to work.
If you have medical expenses after a failure to yield accident, you deserve help. Pursue compensation today. Our accident lawyers will fight for your rights. Best of all, if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay for our services.
Use our contact form or call (469) 998-4069 today for your free consultation appointment.