Sometimes, failing to yield the right-of-way to another driver results in nothing more than maybe some off-color language and an insult or two. Other times it can cause a serious accident. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that seven percent of all fatal accidents involving cars or trucks were caused by a driver failing to yield right-of-way, as many as 2,000 deaths a year across the country.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by another driver’s failure to yield, you could be entitled to compensation for the injuries and damages you have sustained. The accident attorneys of Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg are experienced in handling these types of accident cases and can help you and your family recover what is rightfully yours.
Types of Failure to Yield Accidents
A failure to yield accident occurs when a driver does not abide by the rules of the road and fails to yield to the driver or person who should have the right-of-way. This can look like many different things.
Some examples of failure to yield accidents include:
• Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a turn
• Failure to yield to a bicyclist or pedestrian who has the right of way
• Failure to yield to traffic when entering the road from an alleyway, side street, private drive or parking lot
• Failure to yield when merging onto a highway
• Failure to yield the road to an emergency vehicle (ambulance, police, fire engine)
• Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign
• Failure to yield to traffic at a flashing red or yellow light
• Failure to yield to the car that stopped first at a two- or four-way stop
Any of these examples can result in serious, even fatal collisions. Failure to yield accidents occur most frequently at intersections or during transitions, where there may be confusion about who has the right-of-way. Distracted driving is another cause of these types of accidents.
Establishing fault in failure-to-yield accidents can be difficult to determine. Without the help of an experienced attorney, finding out who is liable for damages can prove to be challenging. An attorney will examine all available evidence from the accident, including police reports, eyewitness testimony and camera footage.
Because these accidents usually violate traffic laws, the officers who respond to the scene will note who had the right-of-way and who failed to yield. Some intersections are also equipped with cameras. Securing this footage from the time of the collision can be vital to showing who was in the wrong.
Remember to never accept an insurance settlement without first speaking with an attorney who is experienced in failure to yield accidents. Insurance companies do not want to pay you one cent more than they must. They may insist that because you share some of the fault for causing the accident that you deserve less compensation. This might not be the case. An attorney can show insurance companies that you are serious and will not fall victim to their unfair tactics.
Accident victims deserve to be fairly compensated for damages sustained due to the crash, such as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. An attorney will be able to calculate your case’s worth accurately.
The Briskman Guarantee
At Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, we know you have a choice when it comes to selecting a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney. That is why we have created the Briskman guarantee, which is a six-part promise that we make to each of our clients:
1. You will receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
2. Because we do not use call screeners, you will speak with an attorney when you call our office.
3. You will never have to pay a fee unless we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
4. We will always treat you with courtesy and respect.
5. We will keep you advised of all significant developments in your case.
6. We will promptly return your calls and emails.
The Briskman guarantee represents our firm’s commitment to our clients and their families. Other firms may claim to put their clients first, but our client testimonials and track record of success speak for themselves.
Experienced Attorneys on Your Side
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent driving, the dedicated Illinois personal injury lawyers at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg can help. Failure to yield might seem like an easy mistake to make, but it is hard to understand when you are left to deal with the consequences.
With over 30 years of experience advocating on behalf of injury victims and their families, we know what it takes to succeed on behalf of our clients. When you invite us to work on your case, we will fight for your family’s rights with sensitivity and determination, keeping you informed every step of the way.
As a part of the Briskman Guarantee, your initial consultation is free. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us when we are successful in getting compensation for you or your family. To learn more, call 1-877-595-4878 to schedule a free consultation today. Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg has locations in Joliet and Chicago to serve you better.