A failure to yield accident involves a driver failing to stop and avoid an oncoming vehicle with the right of way. For instance, a driver has the right to proceed straight through an intersection if they have a green light, and any turning vehicle which interferes with that right might cause an accident.
If you were hit by a driver when you had the right of way, you should not have to pay for your losses. An Allentown failure to yield accident lawyer can fight to hold the other driver accountable and get the compensation you deserve.
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our skilled attorneys have won countless cases on behalf of clients injured in auto accidents. Managing Partner Rich Godshall and his team recovered $4.1 million in total settlements for four passengers injured in a one-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Common Scenarios for Right-of-Way Accidents
Many failure to yield accidents happen when drivers merge onto a highway and fail to maintain a reasonable speed. These collisions can also occur when drivers fail to check their blind spots and try to change lanes without clearance. Speeding can also make a driver unable to react in time to stop and yield to vehicles that have the right of way. Failure to yield because of speeding or carelessness is a form of negligence, as your Allentown attorney can further explain.
Who is Liable in a Failure to Yield Collision?
It can be challenging to determine who had the right of way without police documentation or evidence preserved at the scene. For instance, the other driver may claim they also had a green light. After a crash in Allentown, our attorneys can work to secure witness statements or security camera footage to establish who had the right of way. Liability often depends on the available evidence. The sooner a lawyer is retained, the sooner they can preserve evidence and begin proving the other party’s liability for the failure to yield accident.
As negligence becomes recklessness, the value of the case may goes up. If somebody makes a simple mistake, they will be liable for 100% of all damages. However, if the collision resulted from a person driving drunk or high, or a company forcing their drivers to drive while overly tired, the case may be worth substantially more. Egregious behavior can also open the door to punitive damages intended to punish the at-fault driver.
Call an Allentown Lawyer for Failure to Yield Cases
After a failure to yield crash, do not discuss any aspect of liability with an insurance company. Your lawyer should be the one to lay it out for the insurance company until the case is in a lawsuit or litigation and you are testifying under oath at a deposition or a trial. Until then, you shouldn’t have direct contact with any insurance companies or other people involved in the accident.
Insurance companies know how to take advantage of people—our job as Allentown failure to yield accident lawyers is to prevent this. Insurers are trained to pay as little as possible in benefits. Your chances of getting the payments you need are much higher with help from an attorney who knows how to handle right-of-way and failure to yield cases. Call Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers today to get the dedicated legal counsel you deserve.