Failure to Yield Accidents
Being hurt in a car accident is a stressful experience, made even more taxing if a reckless driver caused your injuries. People who do not follow basic safety measures while behind the wheel, such as failing to yield the right of way when required, should be held accountable for the harm they cause. Car accident attorney Jarrett Blakeley at the Blakeley Law Firm devotes his entire legal practice to assisting victims in Pompano Beach and other South Florida cities. Mr. Blakeley knows that medical treatment and lifestyle changes that are associated with severe injuries can be not only long-lasting but also expensive. He is dedicated to pursuing the compensation that his clients need to recover from an accident.Florida Failure to Yield Laws
Failing to yield the right of way is one of the largest contributing factors in serious car accidents. In Florida, vehicles that enter an intersection must yield the right of way to any motorist who has previously entered the intersection from an alternate roadway. In addition, state law provides who has to yield the right of way depending on the situation. These rules include the following:
- A driver turning left in an intersection must yield to all approaching vehicles coming from the opposite direction;
- If two or more vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, the driver to the left must yield the right of way;
- Vehicles must yield to pedestrians at stop signs; and
- Vehicles merging onto a highway from another road must yield to motorists already traveling on the highway.
More than one vehicle may be involved in a failure to yield crash, making accident reconstruction and determining liability a complex issue. Consulting an experienced and knowledgeable attorney may be important in order to preserve your legal rights.Seeking Compensation From Negligent Drivers
To recover damages after you have been hurt in a car accident, it is often necessary to prove that someone else was negligent in causing your harm. To establish negligence, an injured person, or plaintiff, must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, that the duty was breached, that the breach led to the accident, and that quantifiable damages resulted. All motorists have a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would behave in similar circumstances. Failing to obey traffic laws regarding the right of way may amount to a breach of that duty. For example, if a driver crosses oncoming traffic without stopping before making a left turn, and collides with another car, he or she may be deemed negligent.
Damages available to victims of a failure to yield accident often include past and future medical bills, lost wages or loss of income, pain and suffering, and repairs to a vehicle. The statute of limitations in Florida for personal injury lawsuits is four years from the date of the accident. In the traumatic event that a loved one loses his or her life in a car crash, the statute of limitations is even shorter. Family members must file a wrongful death claim within two years.Consult a Motor Vehicle Collision Attorney in Broward County
Traffic regulations are designed to ensure the safety of our roads. When drivers fail to obey them, they put people around them at risk of injury. Motor vehicle collision lawyer Jarrett Blakeley at the Blakeley Law Firm helps individuals from throughout Broward County navigate the process of seeking compensation. Our firm also serves clients in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, as well as across South Florida. You can contact us online to set up a meeting to discuss your case.