Pennsylvania law specifically outlines when drivers must yield the right of way to other drivers and pedestrians. Anyone who violates these rules and directly causes a traffic accident can likely be considered legally “negligent” for the collision. Victims of failure to yield car accidents in Bensalem can hold negligent parties accountable for their injuries and losses.
However, you’ll likely have difficulty getting the compensation you need without legal representation. An experienced car accident lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can fight for the payments you deserve for the harm you shouldn’t have suffered. In a local case, Managing Partner Rich Godshall recovered $4.1 million in total settlements for four passengers injured in a one-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We know how to win on your behalf.
What Counts as a Failure to Yield?
In Pennsylvania, everyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roads is required to yield the right of way while driving in the following scenarios:
- When two or more cars reach an intersection simultaneously, drivers must always yield to the vehicle on their right.
- Drivers turning left at intersections must yield to drivers advancing straight through the intersection.
- At four-way stop signs, all vehicles must come to a complete stop; they can then proceed into the intersection in the order they first reached the intersection or with drivers yielding to whoever is on their right if they arrived simultaneously.
- In roundabouts, all drivers entering the roundabout must yield to drivers already there.
- Anyone entering a highway from a driveway, alley, or private road must yield to all oncoming traffic.
- All drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing the road at any intersection with or without a marked crosswalk, pedestrians inside marked crosswalks or waiting to enter a crosswalk with a “WALK” signal, and pedestrians crossing driveways or alleys while walking on sidewalks.
When someone causes a failure to yield car accident in Bensalem by violating these rules, our skilled attorneys can work to hold them accountable.
Proving Liability for Violating the Right of Way
To make someone else pay for your damages after a collision, your Bensalem lawyer must prove that their failure to yield was the main cause of the accident and your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, this may involve establishing that you didn’t contribute to the accident through your own negligence. You might miss out on much-needed compensation if you bear some “comparative fault” for your injuries.
Often, the report created by the responding police officer will include a traffic citation for failing to yield. This can be used as evidence against the person who received the citation. Without a citation, your attorney may need to prove that a failure to yield was the primary cause of your injury. A seasoned Bensalem lawyer at our firm can work to establish this using evidence like witness testimony, traffic or dashboard camera footage, photos of the accident scene, and input from accident reconstruction experts.
Talk to a Bensalem Attorney About a Failure to Yield Car Accident Claim
Proving that someone else failed to yield and caused your injuries can be a deceptively complex and time-consuming process. Let a seasoned lawyer represent you for the best chance of achieving a possible result from your case.
The legal team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers has years of experience handling failure to yield car accidents in Bensalem. After a severe collision, we will fight like hell for the compensation you need. Call us today to discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation.