Failure to Yield Accidents
All drivers in Texas have an obligation to follow the rules of the road and drive in a manner that will not endanger others. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by another driver's failure to yield, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Galbreath Law Firm, our Abilene car accident attorney can meticulously review the circumstances surrounding your failure to yield accident and help you determine your legal options. We understand the challenges that victims and families face after a serious accident caused by a distracted or otherwise careless driver.Claims Based on Failure to Yield Accidents
A yield sign indicates to drivers that they must stop unless the way is clear for them to proceed. A failure to yield accident takes place when a driver fails to yield to others on the road and causes a crash. Unfortunately, failure to yield accidents are more common than you may think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that failing to yield the right-of-way was the cause of 3,094 crashes across the country in 2014, for example. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, failure to yield accidents were one of the leading causes of death in 2016. In fact, there were 5,246 failure to yield accidents involving left turns and 21,598 failure to yield at stop sign accidents in the state that year. Failure to yield accidents can have a number of forms and causes, including but not limited to:
- Failure to yield when merging onto the interstate;
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn;
- Failure to obey a yield sign;
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian crossing; or
- Failure to yield at a stop sign.
A person who is injured by a driver who fails to yield may be able to hold the at-fault driver accountable through a negligence claim. Negligence takes place when a driver causes injuries or death by failing to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care is defined as how a sensible person would act in the same situation. For instance, if a driver fails to yield at a yield sign and crashes into another vehicle, that driver will likely be liable for the accident and any resulting injuries. This is because a prudent driver would not disregard a yield sign, understanding the risk of accidents associated with not doing so.
To succeed on a negligence claim against a car or truck driver, your attorney must prove that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. This duty of care is implied when it comes to car accidents. Second, the at-fault party must have violated the duty of care by failing to yield when there was a duty to do so. Finally, the at-fault party’s violation of the duty of care must have been a direct and proximate cause of the accident and your resulting injuries or property damage.
Failure to yield accidents often result in serious and long-term injuries, which can be very costly to treat. If you establish negligence, you may be able to pursue a wide range of damages, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and benefits, property damage, pain and suffering, disability, and more. Of course, each case is unique, and the exact amount of compensation that you will be entitled to receive will depend on the details of your case.Retain an Abilene Attorney to Assert Your Rights Against a Careless Driver
Establishing liability in failure to yield accident cases can be complicated, but we know how to handle these cases. If you or someone close to you has suffered harm in an accident caused by someone else’s failure to yield or another form of reckless behavior, such as drunk driving, we can help. At the Galbreath Law Firm, our car accident lawyer can thoroughly examine the facts of your case and help you pursue the compensation that you need. We represent people in cities such as Abilene, Breckinridge, Brownwood, Cisco, Eastland, Clyde, Baird, Sweetwater, Snyder, Colorado City, Rosco, Anso, Albany, Haskel, Hamlin, Coleman, and Ranger Hill. To discuss your case in more detail, call us at 325-437-7000 or contact us online. In case of emergency, we can be reached at 325-829-8000.