The right of way applies to situations where one vehicle should allow another to pass first. These laws exist to protect drivers from car accidents that would result from multiple vehicles trying to pass at the same time. When violated, there can often be severe consequences such as property damage, bodily injury, or death.
Texas laws allow injured road users in failure to yield accidents to be compensated by the at-fault driver. They can be awarded damages to cover their medical expenses, rehabilitation, property repair costs, and lost income.
As mentioned, a driver is guilty of a failure to yield violation when they do not have the right of way but fail to allow passage to a driver who does. This can happen for any number of reasons and can cause adverse effects. Typically, failure to yield violations occur when the at-fault driver:
Fails to stop at an intersection until all the vehicles with right of way have passed
Makes a left turn before ensuring that the intersection is clear
Fails to allow a pedestrian with right of way to exit an intersection safely
Makes a turn before a cyclist with right of way safely exits the intersection
Pulls into the street without waiting for the road to clear
Merges into a freeway without yielding to drivers with right of way
Fails to yield to oncoming traffic when there is a flashing yellow light or red light
A Houston Failure to Yield Accident Attorney can establish liability by proving than any of these conditions caused your car accident.
RIGHT OF WAY AT INTERSECTIONS
Houston roads are equipped with different types of traffic lights. In most cases, an intersection of two busy streets will have traffic lights with a dedicated left-turn signal. The left turn signal illuminates when oncoming traffic from the other direction has a red light. This means that you have right of way. You lose right of way when the left turn signal turns red.
You might also encounter a yield sign situated above the traffic lights. This will indicate that you have right of way when the intersection is free of oncoming traffic.
DAMAGES AVAILABLE FOR FAILURE TO YIELD CAR ACCIDENTS
Although traffic laws and signs exist to help drivers, some drivers still commit failure to yield violations. Fortunately, an attorney can get you compensation for any damages caused by such drivers. You could receive a settlement to cover:
Economic damages – Medical costs, rehabilitation, property repair, lost wages, etc.
Non-economic damages – Pain and suffering, emotional trauma, etc.
GET HELP FROM A HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Failure to yield accidents can have devastating effects on your health, career, and financial future. They can also affect your loved ones to a great extent. This is why you should always speak to a Houston failure to yield accident attorney about filing a claim for your losses.
At Husain Law + Associates, P.C., we are prepared to fight for your rights. Our attorneys are adept to the failure to yield cases. We can handle everything from evidence gathering to negotiations with the insurance company.
Feel free to call us on 713-800-1200 or contact us online to find out how we can help you.
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