Cincinnati Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way Lawyer
One of the rules of the road that drivers should always follow is yielding the right-of-way to others. This is one of the simplest ways to avoid car accidents, and in the case that they are negligent towards this duty they should always be held accountable. If you or a loved one in the greater Cincinnati area has been injured in a car accident resulting from another’s failure to yield right-of-way, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys at Lawrence & Associates are prepared to fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at (513) 351-5997 for a free consultation and to discuss first steps.
Why you need a lawyer
It is a good idea to have a lawyer by your side as they can lessen the burden on you during the legal process. You will be able to focus on getting well from your injuries while your lawyer takes the lead on building a strong case for yourself. An attorney has experience dealing with insurance companies and will fight relentlessly on your behalf to reach a fair resolution that gives you the compensation you deserve. In the effort to get you the full amount of compensation that you are owed for your situation, a lawyer will take all factors into account. In addition to lost wages and medical expenses, undue stress and hardship from an accident are also things that you should be compensated for. Your attorney will clearly communicate your situation and any economic as well as non-economic damages that you may have incurred to the liable parties and ensure that you are compensated for them. If your case warrants a lawsuit, having a lawyer by your side will give you the best chance of getting a favorable verdict that will get you the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Us
At Lawrence & Associates, our first priority is getting our clients the compensation they deserve. We also strive to keep your experience throughout the legal process stress-free and ensure that we keep consistent communication with you while steadily moving forward towards your goal of compensation. In addition to being someone you can trust and rely on, we are always willing to cooperate with your needs. We can be reached by phone or email, and in some cases can even travel to you if coming to our office isn’t convenient. We understand the difficult circumstances that can arise as a result of a car accident. This factors into our devotion to securing a just settlement for our clients because we know what a difference it can make in their lives. When handling your case, we are prepared to go to trial but leave the decision up to you if you would like to seek a settlement. In any case, we will handle all aspects of the legal process, and you can rest easy knowing that you have an experienced, compassionate ally who will fight for your rights.
Cases We Handle
There are many cases where giving others the right-of-way is the appropriate thing to do for a responsible driver. For example, for a driver approaching a crosswalk, right-of-way should always be given for all pedestrians who happen to be crossing the street. Likewise, right-of-way should always be given to drivers coming from the other direction in a 4-way uncontrolled intersection, or if a driver is coming back onto the road after pulling out of a driveway or parking lot. Roundabouts also present a situation where drivers should be especially attentive in taking notice of every incoming driver that has the right-of-way. If a driver is trying to enter a roundabout, all drivers who are coming around the circulating road have the right-of-way before they enter. Likewise, drivers turning in front of others while attempting to exit the roundabout always have the right-of-way. Another instance where drivers should always take care to yield the right-of-way is when turning left at a traffic light. In this situation, a driver should always yield to oncoming traffic, except in the case that they have a green turn signal. This is something that all drivers should be able to do to ensure safe roadways.
However, some drivers fail in this responsibility and presume that they have the right-of-way almost always. This reckless approach that drivers can sometimes have can lead to many accidents that could otherwise be avoided. Accidents that occur as a result of this negligence can result in injuries or otherwise needlessly endanger others, and the drivers who demonstrate this negligence are immediately held liable for the accident. The essential first step for handling this type of car accident would be to gather evidence for the driver’s mistake. Things that may serve as sufficient evidence, in this case, would be illustrating how the roads layout, as well as the sequence of events leading up to the accident. Photographs and witness testimony are also both particularly useful for establishing your case. In addition, presenting the nature of the damage to your vehicle and where the damage is located can certainly help with strengthening your claim in some cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the case that I was driving over the speed limit but a driver attempting to make a left turn failed to yield right-of-way to me, who would be held at fault for an accident?
Speeding is an offense that is a separate matter, but it may also be a factor in this type of accident taking place. In this case both parties may be held liable for the accident. In determining the verdict, comparative negligence may come into play. Comparative negligence will allow a victim of the accident to be compensated for their damages even if they were partially at fault. However, depending on their percentage of fault in the accident, the amount of the compensation they are awarded in the case will be reduced accordingly.
What are some common causes of failure to yield the right-of-way?
Some causes may include the driver being intoxicated, as drivers under the influence can be prone to driving recklessly and may not have the awareness of their surroundings that is necessary to know when to yield. Another cause that is a factor in many accidents is a driver being distracted. A driver may be distracted by something they view on their phone, or if they are engaged in a conversation with a passenger in their car. There is also a possibility that the condition of a driver’s vehicle may play a role in a failure to yield. A part in a vehicle that may present risks if not working properly is a tail light. If this is broken the driver can be less likely to notice a car coming from behind, potentially leading to a rear-end collision which may result in serious injuries. Also, brakes that are not functioning properly present a significant risk, as the driver may pass through a stop sign without being able to stop and unintentionally fail to yield to an oncoming vehicle. One more thing to consider is that novice drivers may not have a good sense of when it is their turn to go at an intersection. They may drive ahead or take a turn without expecting another car who has the right-of-way, in effect failing to yield, bringing the risk of a collision and accident.
Who has the right-of-way at intersections with traffic lights?
Intersections with traffic lights, the right-of-way is determined in a fairly straightforward manner. Drivers who see the green light have the right-of-way, while a red light indicates to the drivers who see it that the drivers coming from the adjacent direction have the right of way. For drivers attempting to make a right turn, they have the right-of-way unless there are drivers coming from the opposite direction, in which case they have the right-of-way. For a driver is attempting to make a left turn, if the left turn signal is green this indicates that those drivers have the right-of-way. If the left turn signal is red, the drivers coming from the opposite direction have the green light and the right of way.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one in the greater Cincinnati area has been injured in a car accident resulting from another’s failure to yield right-of-way, you may be entitled to compensation. Yielding the right-of-way to other drivers is one of the most important rules of the road, and it also should be one of the simplest to follow for a responsible driver. If a driver does not follow this responsibility, the safety of others is needlessly endangered by their negligence. Our compassionate team of attorneys at Lawrence & Associates will hold them accountable, and relentlessly fight and advocate for your right to fair compensation. Call us at (513) 351-5997 for a free consultation and to discuss the best way to proceed for your case.