A failure to yield accident is when a driver fails to give or yield to the car or party that has the right of way. The majority of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers. There are various types of failure to yield accidents. Some types are:
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a turn
- Failure to yield the road to ambulance, fire engine and/or police vehicles
- Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian or bicycle who has the right of way
- Failure to yield when merging onto a freeway, highway or byway
- Entering into traffic from an alley, side street, private driveway, or parking lot when the traffic traveling on the main road has the right of way
It is important to secure eye witnesses, take pictures at the scene and obtain intersection videos from the cameras that many municipalities/cities/districts have installed. Red-light cameras can be used to prove conclusively that the at-fault driver failed to yield the right of way at an intersection. Also, never admit fault at the scene and do not make any statements, recorded or not, to the opposing insurance company.
Failure to yield accidents can cause many types of injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, fractures and/or burns. Therefore; never accept an insurance settlement without first discussing your claim with an experienced automobile accident attorney. If you accept a settlement without consulting with an attorney, you will have forfeited your right to seek future compensation. Many failure to yield accident victims do not realize that their injuries can be more serious than they appear, at first, and could require additional treatment and/or surgery.