Failure to Yield AccidentsFebruary 1, 2018
All motorists should know when it is their responsibility to yield to another driver. Failure to yield car accidents occur when one driver fails to yield the road to another driver who has the right of way. Fortunately, many of these accidents can be avoided by understanding the rules of yielding and by following those rules.
Failure to yield accidents are unlike other types of car accidents because the victim is generally the person who crashes into the car, rather than the motorist who was hit. Failure to yield wrecks often happen when a driver fails to stop in the following circumstances:
- Approaching a flashing yellow or red light
- Making a left turn when there is oncoming traffic
- Another vehicle is aggressively merging onto the highway
- A driver is pulling out of a private driveway
- When a pedestrian is already in a crosswalk
Rules About Stopping
It is important that all drivers know when they are required by law to yield to other motorists. The following provides an important reminder of when motorists should stop:
- At an intersection or stop sign
- At any intersection that has a red light, flashing or not
- When motorists are ordered to stop by a traffic officer
- Anytime a school bus is picking up or dropping off children and the red lights are flashing
- When pulling out of an alley, private driveway, or building parking lot
- At a bridge span that is getting ready to open for boat traffic
- For a blind pedestrian using a walking cane or a guide dog, or for an instructor who is training a guide dog
- For pedestrians at a crosswalk or intersection
When one person’s failure to yield causes another to driver to be seriously injured, the injured victim may sue the other motorist for economic and non-economic damages, including medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, vocational rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.
To prove that the other party failed to yield, it is highly recommended that you take pictures of the scene of the accident, the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved, and any injuries. You should also exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Remain calm and avoid apologizing for anything as this can be seen as admitting fault.
Do not speak to the other party’s insurance agent if they contact you, as they may try to trick you into admitting something that could be damaging to your case or convince you to settle for an amount that is too low. Contact a skilled car accident lawyer as soon as possible who can review all your legal options pertinent to your specific case.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Failure to Yield Car Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a speeding driver, contact our Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent those injured in car accidents in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.