Points where traffic patterns and flows merge or otherwise interact are areas were traffic accidents are most likely to occur. Every state, Georgia being no exception, has established a system of right-of-way laws to bring order to roadways and avoid miscommunication amongst those sharing the road. However, these laws are not always recognized for one reason or another.
Aggressive or distracted drivers are often the cause of these types of accidents. Other drivers are not the only people at risk when the right of way system is ignored. Pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are in harm's way as well when drivers fail to yield.
If you are hurt because another driver violated your right-of-way, be sure to contact a Georgia car accident lawyer today to preserve your legal rights. The injury attorneys at the Persons Firm work with families in Atlanta, Marietta, and throughout the state on these cases.Causes of Failure-to-Yield Accidents
Frequent scenarios that give rise to failure-to-yield collisions include:
- Highway on ramps
- Four way stops
- Drivers backing out of driveways and parking lots
- Drivers who do not yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn at an intersection.
- Failing to yield to emergency vehicles like ambulances and police cars.
Georgia law O.C.G.A. 40-6-73 codifies the right-of-way in our state in certain situations. It reads "[t]he driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a roadway from any place other than another roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway to be entered or crossed." This means, for example, that any car entering a highway must wait for cars already on the highway, and not enter the traffic flow until it is safe to do so.
Georgia code section 40-6-71 applies to situations where a car is making a left hand turn crossing over the path of oncoming traffic. It reads "The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard."
It is also vital to note that these laws apply to bicyclists and motorcyclists alike. If a bike or a motorcycle has the right of way, cars must yield to them in the same fashion cars would yield to other oncoming traffic.Failure-to-Yield Lawsuits in Georgia
A common problem for litigants in a failure to yield personal injury case is that it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. There is sometimes no easy way to determine whether the driver that was hit was the one who violated traffic rules. A seasoned and experienced attorney will provided the necessary guidance in an often tricky legal landscape.
Regardless of the cause, traffic accidents create a substantial source of personal and financial harm. People who have been injured by others negligently failing to yield in accordance with the law are entitled to compensation to make them whole once again. Victims should seek counsel to redress costs such as lost past and future wages, loss of consortium, wrongful death, pain and suffering, damage to property, and disability and disfigurement among others.
Failing to yield is a negligent act, and driver who cause harm by their negligence are liable to the injured party. If you or someone you know has been injured by a negligent driver contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation.