All drivers must yield to others based on established guidelines and traffic laws. When someone fails to yield properly, they can cause severe accidents and injuries. If another driver hits you because they failed to yield the right of way, you might have grounds to demand civil compensation from them. However, getting the payments you deserve can be more complex than you might expect.
Help from a skilled lawyer can make all the difference after failure to yield car accidents in Hershey. The experienced attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome in your case.
The Laws for Yielding the Right of Way in Hershey
The rules for how drivers and pedestrians should yield to each other at stop signs, yield signs, and unmarked intersections are outlined under 75 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §3323. In general, drivers approaching yield signs must always yield to traffic already traveling along the road they are about to merge onto. Drivers at stop signs must yield to oncoming traffic and anyone who arrives at another stop sign in the same intersection before them.
Drivers must also abide by the following rules:
- Drivers must give way to pedestrians who are in marked crosswalks or waiting to cross one with a walk signal lit, to pedestrians walking on sidewalks crossing alleys or driveways, to pedestrians crossing at any intersection without a marked crosswalk, and to pedestrians who are blind and have either a guide dog or a cane.
- Drivers entering roundabouts must yield to drivers already inside the roundabout.
- Drivers turning left at intersections must yield to drivers proceeding straight through that intersection.
- If two cars reach an intersection simultaneously, the leftmost driver should yield to the rightmost driver.
Your local attorney can work to build a lawsuit against anyone who violates these rules and causes a failure to yield collision.
Failure to Yield as Grounds for a Civil Claim
Since failing to yield is against Pennsylvania law, it qualifies as a “breach” of all drivers’ duty to act lawfully and rationally. If someone causes a wreck by “breaching” their duty and injures someone as a direct result, they are legally “negligent.” Proving someone is “negligent” is usually the best way to hold a driver legally accountable for injuring you.
Our Hershey lawyers can help seek compensation for various losses after a failure to yield car crash, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- Medical bills, including expected costs of future care
- Lost work wages or working ability
- Vehicle damage and other personal property damage
Help from a capable attorney is vital to building a strong claim after a right-of-way accident.
Work with a Hershey Attorney on a Failure to Yield Car Accident Claim
Failing to yield is a common cause of auto accidents across Pennsylvania. However, that does not mean holding someone else legally liable for causing a wreck will be easy.
You should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after a failure to yield car accident in Hershey. Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers are prepared to pursue the compensation you deserve for the harm you should’ve never experienced. In one recent case, we recovered a $900,000 settlement for a client who suffered severe injuries after being hit by a trucker who failed to yield to a red light. Call us today to discuss your case and get the representation you need.