Sadly, distracted driving continues to cause thousands of deaths and injuries each year. With more technology available to drivers, the number of distractions continues to increase. However, it is not just cell phone use or texting while driving that causes a distracted driving accident.
Failure to yield the right of way is a common cause of traffic accidents in Sacramento. In addition to receiving a traffic ticket, a driver who fails to yield the right of way might be liable in a civil action if the failure to yield causes a car accident.
What Causes a Failure to Yield Accident?
Drivers must yield the right of way in numerous situations. Failing to yield the right of way means that the driver must stop and wait for other drivers or pedestrians to clear the way before proceeding. If a driver does not stop and causes a collision, the driver is at fault.
During 2017, over 3,200 teen drivers were involved in fatal car accidents. Teen drivers are less experienced and may not be ready to handle the responsibility of driving a vehicle in all situations. They are less mature and may not have a fully developed ability to judge risks and consequences. For that reason, parents need to discuss dangerous driving behaviors with their teen drivers. Discussing the risks associated with poor driving decisions can help teen drivers avoid dangerous driving behaviors.
A recent report indicated that pedestrian deaths would hit a 28-year high in 2018. California is one of the states that have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities year after year. Many of the pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles are attributed to driver error. However, pedestrians must exercise caution too. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Even when a pedestrian does have the right of way, he or she can reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident by taking certain precautions.
Commercial truck drivers have a huge responsibility. Operating large trucks is not as simple as driving a car. Furthermore, large truck accidents generally result in horrific injuries and permanent disabilities for the victims. Truck driver errors are often the cause of commercial truck accidents in California.