It is your legal right to file an injury claim when involved in an accident in which a driver failed to yield. However, the success of your lawsuit does depend on you knowing what you need to do when filing the suit. You can learn more about this, get expert guidance, and representation when you talk to our Maryland car accident attorneys at Pinder Plotkin. Call us today, and schedule a free consultation.
What Constitutes Failure To Yield In Maryland?
Failure to yield implies that another vehicle or road users did not give you the right of way, and this resulted in a collision. The traffic rules and regulations specify when a driver should yield the right of way. For instance, when a driver is merging onto a highway, then the other vehicles that are already on the highway have the right of way. That means that the driver who is merging should yield the right of way.
If the driver fails to do so, and this leads to a road accident, then that driver will be at fault and charged with failure to yield right of way. However, the fault might not be valid if there are extenuating factors at play that may have caused the driver not to yield the right of way. For instance, the other driver already on the highway may be driving recklessly or erratically and collides with the merging vehicle.
Keep in mind that the failure to yield may be a factor considered in determining who is at fault, but is not always the definitive decider. Another example of a situation where a driver is found guilty of failure to yield is when the person has stopped the vehicle underneath a traffic signal waiting to take a left turn or is planning to make a right turn when at a red light stop. In such scenarios, the driver does not have the right-of-way thus should yield to the oncoming traffic that is already in the intersection.
Possible Outcomes Of Failure to Yield Accidents
Research shows that most road accidents that are related to failure to yield the right of way happen because the driver is impatient or distracted when behind the wheel. An accident of such nature can include a T-bone collision which can be devastating and with serious injuries or fatalities.
How Failure To Yield Can Impact Liability
Failing to yield the right of way is a traffic offense, and the driver can get a ticket for committing such a violation. That means that the traffic police that finds a driver answerable to a failure to yield offense will issues that person a ticket that can be used in a lawsuit against the driver. The ticket can serve as proof of liability for the accident caused by reckless judgment on the part of the driver who did not yield the right of way. Our car accident lawyers can use the ticket to support your claim case.
How Will The Attorneys Investigate The Accident To Determine Fault?
The lawyers will visit the scene of the accident and review it to figure out why you believe that the other driver is to blame because of failing to yield the right of way. In matters related to such traffic violations, there is a device set up at the scene or a sign that will be in place to indicate the accused who hit you was supposed to allow you to pass. For instance, the sign could be a traffic light, a stop sign, or a turn arrow sign, or a yield-way sign.
Get In Touch With Our Maryland Failure To Yield Lawyers Today
If you have sustained injuries, damages, or loses because of an accident caused by a driver that failed to yield the right of way, it is your legal right to suit them and seek compensation. Call our highly experienced team of attorneys at Pinder Plotkin and for a free consultation and case review. We are more than glad to help you get the compensation or rightly deserve.