Failure-to-yield accidents are among the most common types of accidents that occur on roads across the country. All drivers are responsible for obeying the rules of the road with regard to the right of way, which means drivers must know when they are required to yield to other drivers on the road. A failure to yield could result in liability for any accidents that occur due to that failure.
What is failure to yield?
A failure to yield accident occurs when a driver does not yield to a driver who has the right of way, causing an accident as a result. Usually in this case it is the person who sustains the injury who drives into the vehicle that fails to yield. Common situations in which this might occur include a driver making a left turn but failing to yield to oncoming traffic, a driver failing to yield at flashing yellow or red lights, or a driver failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Succeeding in your case
If you are to find success in a failure to yield claim, it will help to have some evidence that can back you up. Take photographs of all damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle, and any injuries you sustained. Get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident, and make sure you give their information to your attorney and insurance adjuster.
Always talk to an attorney before talking to the other party’s insurance provider. It is likely the other party’s provider will try to find a way to make you out to be the one at fault to avoid having to pay a higher amount of damages. It is in your best interest to work with an accident attorney who is skilled in dealing with these kinds of claims so you can avoid being taken advantage of.
For more information on how to proceed with your case, meet with a trusted Sarasota auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.