Failure to Yield Accidents Explained by Vegas Accident Attorney Adam Williams
Car accidents happen far too frequently in Nevada, often causing life-changing injuries or resulting in fatalities. One common type of car accident is a failure to yield accident, and if you’re involved in this type of collision, it is important to understand what your rights are.
Failure to yield accidents could potentially give rise to a personal injury lawsuit in which a collision victim is able to obtain full and fair compensation for both economic and non-financial loss from the person who caused the crash to occur.
But, victims need to be proactive in pursuing their claim promptly and must be prepared to show who was to blame for the accident.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help. Our dedicated and experienced legal team has provided representation to many injured victims — as well as to surviving family members of those who lose their lives in failure-to-yield collisions. We know the ins-and-outs of Nevada laws on failure to yield accidents, and we can assist in maximizing the chances of obtaining compensation for damages.
You should call us after a crash has occurred so we can provide you with the necessary help in fighting for your right to receive monetary compensation from those responsible for hurting you so you can afford essential medical care and move on with your life after the accident.
What are Failure to Yield Accidents?
Failure to yield accidents occur when motorists do not yield the right-of-way to another person. These accidents can involve a car or truck hitting another vehicle, or a car or truck hitting a pedestrian, bicycle rider, or motorcycle rider.
Failure to yield accidents commonly happen because:
- A driver fails to obey traffic signals, such as a stop sign or a red light
- A driver does not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
- A driver progresses into an intersection out-of-turn
- A driver underestimates or underestimates the speed of approaching vehicles or pedestrians when entering an intersection
- A driver makes an illegal turn
Many failure-to-yield accidents are sideswipe collisions or t-bone accidents where the driver who failed to yield hits the side of another vehicle that was already in an intersection or that was progressing into an intersection. However, any time a driver does not follow the rules-of-the-road regarding who has the right-away, that driver can become responsible for any resulting accidents that occur.
Who is Responsible for Failure to Yield Accidents?
Failure to yield accidents can lead to serious injury or even fatalities and victims or surviving family members need to pursue a claim for compensation from those who are responsible for causing the accident, so they don’t suffer uncompensated losses.
In most cases, a driver who failed to yield the right of way is the person held responsible for causing these types of accidents. To make sure that the careless driver who didn’t yield was held accountable, the victim would need to prove that the driver was negligent. This can be proved by showing the motorist violated the rules of the road by failing to yield or was unreasonably careless compared with how a normal average motorist would drive.
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If the motorist who failed to yield was working at the time, it’s possible his employer would be liable for the crash as well because of agency rules. On-duty employees are seen as acting on behalf of their companies, which means their negligence is the company’s negligence.
A victim of a failure-to-yield accident could thus potentially make a claim against a trucking company or other employer of a driver who caused a crash while on duty by failing to yield the right-of-way.
Compensation for Failure to Yield Accidents
If you have been hurt because of another driver’s failure to yield, you should be entitled to compensation for both economic losses and for any non-financial or compensatory damages you endured.
Compensation should include the payment of past and future medical bills for any injuries arising from the injury. If you’ve missed work — including taking paid time off through vacation or sick leave — or if your earning power has been reduced because of your injuries, you should also be entitled to receive compensation for these losses.
Failure-to-yield accident victims are also entitled to receive compensation for non-economic damages. This includes payment for pain and suffering and emotional stress damages. While calculating this type of non-economic compensation is hard, an experienced attorney at LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help you prove the extent of loss.
If a collision caused by a failure to yield was fatal, surviving family members of the person killed in the accident should be able to obtain wrongful death damages including payment for loss of companionship as well as compensation for loss of wages the deceased person would have brought into the household.
Getting Help From Nevada Failure to Yield Accident Attorneys
Failure-to-yield accident lawyers at LV Personal Injury Lawyers will work closely with you in the aftermath of a collision to identify who was responsible for hurting you or your loved one and to make a solid claim for damages that ends with you getting the full amount of compensation possible in light of your particular situation.
We have experience with settlement negotiation and with helping clients to prevail in court when they fight for the compensation they deserve. Our firm will be your strongest advocates and will work hard to help you get the money you need to get the care and rebuild after an accident has occurred.
To find out more about the help we can offer, contact our Vegas car accident attorneys today to get an advocate on your side.