All drivers have a duty to obey the rules of the road, including those that require yielding the right of way to other drivers. However, many drivers operate their vehicles as if they own the road, causing collisions that appear to be the other person’s fault. When these types of crashes occur, it is vital to have an experienced car accident attorney on your side to prove that you are not to blame and collect the compensation you deserve.
Common Car Accidents Caused by Failure to Yield
A failure to yield accident, also called a right-of-way accident, occurs when a driver does not stop and wait for another vehicle that has the right of way. As an at-fault driver proceeds ahead contrary to traffic laws, other cars may collide with the at-fault driver’s vehicle because they were following the proper traffic pattern and flow.
Right-of-way accidents can happen in many situations, including:
- A driver makes a left turn across lanes of opposing traffic
- A driver fails to stop for a pedestrian who is legally crossing at a crosswalk
- A driver fails to stop at a traffic light or stop sign
- A driver fails to stop before entering the flow of traffic from a side street, alley, or private driveway
- A driver does not yield to traffic when merging onto a highway or crossing into a highway offramp
These accidents are more complicated than other types of crashes for one reason: the injury victim often drives into the car that fails to yield. The at-fault driver (and their insurance company) may attempt to claim that since it was their vehicle that was struck, the injury victim is actually to blame. However, failure to yield the right of way is a traffic violation and can lead to liability for any resulting accidents.
If a driver in your collision was acting contrary to traffic laws, the attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can help you get the injury compensation you need—and you won’t pay any attorney fees if the case is not successful.
Have You Been Injured In A Car Accident?
If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Cranston office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help accident victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.