Failure to Yield Accidents
As a Florida driver, you take your responsibilities seriously, and you trust others to do the same. You pay close attention to the road and other drivers, you follow all posted traffic signs, and, by doing so, you feel comfortable that you’re doing what you can to stay safe. However, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, and sometimes, accidents are unavoidable. This is especially the case with another driver fails to yield the right of way to you.
At the Blakeley Law Firm, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers help motorists injured in failure to yield accidents obtain compensation for their injuries. We have more than 20 years of experience investigating personal injury, negotiating with insurance companies, and securing fair compensation awards for our clients. With our help, you can rest assured that every aspect of your case is in good hands.What Are Examples of Failure to Yield Accidents?
You can hardly drive to the end of your block without encountering a situation where one driver must yield the right of way to the other. While there are dozens of situations that can lead to a failure to yield accident, some of the most common examples include the following:
- Left turns,
- Four-way stops,
- Driving in a parking lot,
- Merging, and
Yes, failure to yield accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2020, there were over 150,00o collisions caused by a driver’s failure to yield the right of way. As a result of these accidents, more than 474 people were killed, and thousands more suffered serious injuries.What to Do After a Car Accident
If you’ve been in a car accident, there are two things to keep in mind. First, and most importantly, you should prioritize your physical and mental health. For example, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, it’s imperative that you get checked out by a doctor. Often, car accident injuries do not appear serious; however, that may change if they are left untreated. If possible, go to the emergency room or hospital as soon as possible. However, if you went home after the accident, it’s not too late to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Your second focus should be on preserving your right to obtain compensation from the at-fault driver. This entails keeping detailed records of the accident and your medical treatment. For example, before you leave the scene of the accident, ask any witnesses for their names and contact information. You can also take a few pictures of the scene with your smartphone. This can help establish your claim and defend against any claims that you were partially at fault for the collision.
Finally, when you’re ready, the next step is reaching out to an experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer. A lawyer can gather the remaining evidence you’ll need to prove your claim and work with the insurance company to ensure you are fairly compensated for all your accident-related expenses.Were You Injured in a Car Accident and Want to Learn More About Your Options?
If you or a family member were recently injured in a car accident, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at the Blakeley Law Firm, P.A. are here to help. We have more than 20 years of combined experience handling all types of motor vehicle accident cases on behalf of our clients—including those arising from failure to yield accidents. Our attorneys have the resources, skills and dedication necessary to secure full and fair compensation for what you’ve been through. We represent clients throughout South Florida through four conveniently-located offices in Miami Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville. To learn more, and to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today, call (800) 602-5000. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.