If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident because another driver failed to yield, you should not have to pay for your injuries caused by another person’s negligent driving. When drivers disobey traffic laws, accidents may happen. Failing to yield can result in:
- Head-on collisions
- Side impact collisions (t-bone collisions or broadside collisions)
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Rollover accidents
Injuries do not just happen to other drivers. Failure to yield accidents also can cause harm to bicyclists and pedestrians. For help with recovering your injuries and other damages, contact the offices of Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Our Las Vegas failure to yield accident lawyer can help you seek compensation. For a free consultation, call (800) 598-7557.
Common Causes of Failure to Yield Accidents
Failure to yield accidents commonly occur at intersections, stop signs or stop lights, or while changing lanes.
Failure to yield accidents can happen at intersections when divers are confused about who has the right of way when turning. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), improper left turns cause about 25 percent of traffic violations.
In general, when turning at an intersection, drivers should:
- Slow down
- Use turn signals
- Check for bicyclists and pedestrians (they have the right-of-way, even in unmarked intersections)
- Position their vehicles in the correct lane for turning
- When two vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right.
- When turning left at an intersection, drivers should yield to traffic in the oncoming lane if the oncoming vehicle is close enough that attempting to turn would create a hazard.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, so a Las Vegas failure to yield accident lawyer can help you determine the cause of your accident.
Stop Signs and Stop Lights
Another common reason for failure to yield accidents is drivers not obeying traffic lights and signs. Sometimes, when drivers are in a hurry or ignore these signs, they can run a red light and end up hitting a driver who had the green light. Similarly, at a stop sign, a driver might not come to a full stop or pass through it altogether. They then may end up hitting a bicyclist or a pedestrian crossing the street.
Failure to yield lane change accidents can also happen when drivers are merging onto a highway or other roadway. When entering the highway, drivers must yield to traffic already traveling down the roadway. The same is true for vehicles merging from a parked position into the road.
For a free legal consultation with a failure to yield accidents lawyer serving Las Vegas, call (800) 598-7557
Seeking Compensation Through Insurance or a Lawsuit
If another driver caused your accident, one remedy available to you is an insurance settlement. You can file a claim for bodily injury and property damage with the other driver’s insurance provider. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) affirms that the law requires Nevada drivers to have a minimum coverage amount of $25,000 for injury to one person, $50,000 for injury to two or more people, and $20,000 for property damage.
When seeking compensation through insurance, it is important to remember that the insurance company is not looking out for you. It is looking out for its own financial interests. You may want to hire a Las Vegas failure to yield accident lawyer to assist with negotiations and review any settlement you are offered before you sign. You want to make sure you are receiving enough compensation to cover your current and future medical needs.
You may decide to go outside of the insurance system and seek compensation through a car accident lawsuit. A lawsuit may be a good option if:
- Your insurance claim is denied.
- The insurance company is not offering a settlement high enough to cover your expenses.
- An uninsured driver hit you, or the driver’s amount of insurance coverage is not enough to pay for your costs.
- You want to seek additional damages for pain and suffering.
More About Damages for Pain and Suffering
Awards for pain and suffering are also called non-economic damages. Unlike medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repairs, non-economic damages do not have a set dollar amount. Instead, an attorney will try to figure out a sum that fairly compensates you for how your accident has negatively affected your life.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, for example, you may have lasting cognitive issues that impact your mental health and ability to enjoy certain activities. Think of non-economic damages as awards for physical and mental hardships.
Reporting Your Accident
You need to make sure there is an official record of your accident. In Nevada, you need to report crashes that are not investigated at the scene to law enforcement within 10 days of when they happened. You can do this by completing a DMV Report of Traffic Crash. This official report can be used, along with medical bills, witness statements, and other evidence, to prove your insurance claim or lawsuit.
Las Vegas Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer Near Me (800) 598-7557
Working with Ben Crump Law, PLLC
Fighting for compensation does not have to become another burden during this difficult time. A Las Vegas failure to yield accident lawyer can:
- Help you file your insurance claims and negotiate a settlement.
- Visit the scene of your accident for evidence collection.
- Take witness statements.
- File your lawsuit before the two-year statute of limitations expires for personal injury and wrongful death and before the three-year statute of limitations expires for property damage, according to NRS § 11.190.
- Help ensure you have fair representation throughout the entire insurance and/or legal process.
We will not charge you any legal fees unless your case is resolved. If we do not win a settlement, we do not get paid. If you are ready to hold the driver who hurt you responsible, reach out to the offices of Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557.