Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 9:57 pm
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.
Examples of failure to yield the right of way include:
- Passing through a stop sign without stopping
- Running a red light
- Failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk
- Improper left-hand turns
- Unsafe lane changes
- Merging onto a highway improperly
- Failing to yield to emergency vehicles
- Improperly passing other vehicles
- Pulling out of a parking lot into oncoming traffic
- Backing out of a driveway into oncoming traffic
There are many instances in which a driver may fail to yield the right of way. Failing to yield the right of way can lead to catastrophic and deadline car accidents.
Common Injuries Sustained in Failed to Yield Accidents
Victims of failure to yield accidents can sustain a variety of injuries. The type and severity of the injuries depend on numerous factors. For instance, head-on collisions and side-impact crashes can often result in traumatic injuries. Pedestrians also sustain catastrophic injuries when a driver fails to yield the right of way.
Common injuries in failure to yield accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other head injuries, including concussions and skull fractures
- Neck and shoulder injuries, including whiplash
- Fractures and broken bones
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Amputations and severe burns
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
In many cases, injuries from a car accident can result in scarring or disfigurement. Some car accident victims sustain disability or permanent impairments because of the crash. In addition to the physical injuries caused by a crash, a victim may also incur substantial financial damages and losses related to a car accident.
Damages and Compensation for a Failure to Yield Right of Way Accident
The compensation you can receive for a traffic accident depends on your financial losses and the severity of your injuries. It can also depend on whether you contributed to the cause of the accident and the available insurance coverage.
A car accident claim typically includes damages and losses such as:
- Vehicle repairs and property damage
- Medical expenses and costs
- Personal care
- Loss of income and benefits
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Future loss of income and medical treatment
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
You must prove that the other driver caused the accident to recover compensation for your damages and losses. Our legal team investigates the crash to gather evidence of fault. We also work with you to document your losses to maximize compensation for an injury claim.
Contact Our Sacramento Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Review
Before you accept a settlement offer, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure you are receiving fair compensation for your injury claim.