A failure to yield accident occurs when one driver fails to acknowledge another driver’s legal right of way on the road. There are specific laws that require drivers to yield to other drivers under certain circumstances. When a driver fails to yield the right of way to another driver appropriately, serious accidents may occur, resulting in injuries or fatalities. If you suffered injuries or other damages in a car accident resulting from another driver’s failure to yield the right of way to you, a Milwaukee failure to yield accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us anything upfront. We collect our legal fees from the settlement we help you receive. Call (800) 598-7557 to speak to a member of our team about your legal questions and concerns.
Failure to Yield at Intersections
Intersections can have traffic lights or stop signs that help drivers understand which motorist has the right of way through an intersection.
Many motorists fail to yield at yellow lights and quickly speed through intersections. Yellow lights indicate that a driver should proceed with earnest caution as they may not have the ability to make it through the entire intersection before the light turns red. Additionally, if a light is already red, a driver must come to a full stop and not travel through the intersection until their light turns green. A driver can turn right at a red traffic light in certain circumstances, but only after they allow all other cars traveling in that direction to clear before making their right-hand turn. Even with a green light, a driver making a left turn must wait until all crossing traffic in the intersection passes before safely traveling through the intersection to make a left turn. Failing to yield appropriately to other drivers in intersections can result in serious injuries or even death.
Stop signs or yield signs often exist at four-way intersections. Drivers have the responsibility to come to a complete stop at stop signs and travel with caution through an intersection when they have a yield sign. Failure to do so can result in catastrophic accidents causing severe injuries.
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Examples of Failure to Yield Accidents
While failure to yield accidents often occur at intersections, there are many other types of locations and instances where such an accident can occur, including the following:
- Failure to yield to emergency vehicles in the roadways that have sirens or lights on, indicating they are in the immediate response to an emergency
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian or bicyclist when they have the right of way at an intersection or crosswalk
- Entering or exiting a parking lot, driveway, private road, or residence
- At a flashing yellow or red traffic light
- When attempting to merge into traffic from an on-ramp
- When attempting to merge into a parallel lane of traffic
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Compensation for Failure to Yield Accidents
The compensation available to a victim of a failure to yield accident may include both economic and non-economic losses. Some types of compensation that a victim may receive following a failure to yield accident in Wisconsin include:
- Medical expenses including doctor’s office visits, emergency room treatments, hospitalizations and surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and medical devices
- Costs related to mental health therapy or treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
- Expenses related to the repair or replacement of a vehicle or the contents within the vehicle
- Loss of income, including missed bonuses, vacation pay, sick leave, missed promotions, and other related income, including pension or employee benefit contributions
- Loss of future income if the victim remains unable to return to work in any meaningful capacity due to their injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Determining the value of your potential financial awards can prove challenging, and every car accident victim will have varying expenses related to their injuries and losses. Speaking with a Milwaukee failure to yield accident lawyer can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your economic and non-economic losses.
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Deadline to File a Legal Claim
According to the Wisconsin Statutes § 893.43, a victim has three years to file a legal claim in a court of law for injuries and losses related to a failure to yield accident. During this period, you may need to undergo extensive medical treatments or conduct an independent investigation into your failure to yield accident case. Settlement discussions and negotiations with insurance companies can take a considerable amount of time. Therefore, it is crucial to stay vigilant regarding the statute of limitations of your particular case so that you can hold onto your legal rights to file a claim and receive compensation for your injuries and losses.
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There are many considerations to take into account regarding failure to yield accidents, including comparative negligence laws. For example, under Wisconsin Statute § 895.045, victims that have contributed to the accident in some way may still have the legal right to pursue compensation from the other negligent party. A Milwaukee failure to yield accident lawyer can answer all of your legal questions and ensure you do not sustain further damages from an accident and injuries you suffered from through no fault of your own. The legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you better understand your legal rights and help you with your next steps in your fight for fair compensation. Call us today at (800) 598-7557 to speak with a member of our team.
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