When a car crashes into the side of another car, this can cause a T-bone collision. To most viewers, it might look as if the driver that initiated impact was at-fault. However, that would not be the case in a failure-to-yield accident. In this situation, a driver is stopped at a four-way intersection with stop signs. Rather than allow the other drivers who got there first to go, he turns left and into the path of a car that rightfully started moving. The result is a T-bone accident, but the fault lies squarely with the impatient driver. This illustration shows how complicated determining liability in car accidents can be, particularly if someone failed to yield.
In addition to drivers not appropriately allowing other drivers to go first in intersections, other types of frequently seen failure-to-yield circumstances include:
These examples of negligent driving can lead to fines. They can also become grounds for personal injury lawsuits. Drivers who are found at-fault for failing to yield may incur hefty damages as ordered by a court.
Like all car accidents, failure-to-yield can cause injuries and even death. Common injuries among car crash victims involve concussions, contusions, broken bones, back problems, spinal problems, and whiplash. Recovery from these injuries is not only costly, but may cause the victim to lose time from work or suffer emotional distress. Consequently, some victims of failure-to-yield accident injuries file personal lawsuits against the at-fault drivers.
Drivers who have been hurt because of another driver’s negligence have the burden of proof if they file a lawsuit. For that reason, anyone involved in this type of crash should document the experience. Documentation includes obtaining the names of witnesses at the scene for future statements, as well as taking pictures at the crash scene. This information can prove invaluable in a court case.
Car crashes, including failure-to-yield events, occur without warning. If you were involved in a car accident, a Middletown car accident lawyer at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. can help. An attorney can help you determine if it makes sense to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at 732-493-9400 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.
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