Drivers in New Orleans must know how to properly navigate the flows of traffic, or they should refrain from driving. Understanding when a motorist has the right of way to proceed is essential to avoid a collision, and a motorist whose failures to yield caused your collision may be financially liable for covering losses from your accident.
New Orleans can be a complex city to drive through, and there are many potential situations where a failure to yield could cause an accident. A New Orleans failure to yield accident lawyer will educate themselves about the facts of your accident and help you seek compensation from parties responsible for your collision. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 598-7557 to hear more about how a lawyer may help you after a New Orleans car accident.
When a Driver Must Yield
A driver should show a thorough understanding of right-of-way rules in Louisiana before receiving their license. However, it may be possible for a driver to receive their license despite having such an understanding, while several other factors could contribute to a right-of-way-related accident.
A driver must yield to other motorists when:
- They are entering a highway from a non-highway road, per Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:124.
- They are turning left with a green light but do not have a green arrow light.
- They are turning right at an intersection.
- They are entering a roundabout.
- They approach a yield sign.
- There are pedestrians present in the roadway.
- They are at an intersection governed by one or more stop signs.
- They are at an intersection where traffic lights are not working, and motorists must exercise general right-of-way rules to determine when to proceed.
Knowing which vehicle has the right of way may not always be a straightforward feat. However, motorists may generally exercise caution and assume that the other vehicle has the right-of-way if they are uncertain. Yielding to other motorists when in doubt may help a motorist avoid a collision, but this is not always what motorists in New Orleans do.
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Why a Motorist May Fail to Yield
Some of the reasons why a motorist may fail to follow such right-of-way requirements include:
- They are intoxicated, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains as a contributor to poor driver judgment and perception.
- They do not understand the rules of the road in Louisiana.
- They consciously choose to ignore the right-of-way rules.
- They fail to see one or more oncoming vehicles with the right of way.
Motorists in New Orleans may generally be liable for knowing the laws of the road, being in a sober state while driving, and following the rules of the road without exception. A motorist who failed to yield to a vehicle occupied by you or a loved one may have failed in one or more of these duties and could be required to compensate you for your losses.
You may hire a New Orleans failure to yield accident lawyer to help you pursue the compensation you may deserve because of your accident. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.
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A Lawyer May Protect You from Further Harm
Hiring a lawyer may serve several of your needs, and protection from further harm is one of those needs.
You or your loved one injured or killed because of a motorist’s failure to yield may have already experienced numerous types of injury. You could be physically injured, may have psychological and emotional trauma, and may suffer financial loss as well. A lawyer understands that these types of harm can come from an accident and will aim to ensure that your existing losses do not become worse.
Some of the ways that a lawyer may try to protect you include:
Filing Time-Sensitive Documentation
RS §32:398 details some of the reporting requirements for the victim of a car accident that caused injuries that cost the victim more than $500. Assuming that the injuries you or a loved one suffered because of your accident have or will cost you more than $500, ensuring that you report your accident in a timely manner could be critical.
A lawyer can assist you not only with reporting your injuries but also with other time-sensitive filing requirements. Your lawsuit could have a statute of limitations, and a lawyer will work to ensure that you remain eligible for compensation by filing all required documents on time.
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Shielding You from Predatory Parties
There may be several parties who might benefit from you accepting less money than you deserve. These parties could include, but may not be limited to, insurance company representatives, the driver who caused your accident, or attorneys other than your own.
One of the benefits you can expect from hiring a lawyer is that they will protect you from any parties who are not on your side. Your lawyer may warn you about these parties and advise you to avoid contact with them.
Taking the Legal Process Out of Your Hands
A lawsuit could be the way that you choose to pursue compensation after an accident. A lawyer can speak with you about why you might want to consider a lawsuit and will handle your legal case from the start until the end of your case.
Much goes into completing a lawsuit, and a lawyer can take care of every part of your case. This may be a great benefit to you, whether you are recovering from an injury, mourning the loss of a loved one, caring for an injured loved one, or dealing with other difficult circumstances.
A lawyer can also handle the insurance process if it is a possible way for you to receive any compensation that you deserve.
Consider a Lawyer Serving New Orleans Today
To have a New Orleans failure to yield accident lawyer lead your case, call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557 for a free consultation. We work for a contingency fee, so you will not pay anything out of your own pocket to receive our services—we only get paid if you win.