Boynton Beach drivers who ignore traffic signs that require them to yield to oncoming traffic cause serious collisions that injure and even kill people. If you have been injured or a member of your family has been killed by one of these motorists, then you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering. That is why it is paramount to speak with a Boynton Beach failure to yield accident lawyer. An experienced Boynton Beach car accident attorney can help you seek the justice you deserve.
Yield Right-of-Way Laws
Florida law gives the right-of-way to pedestrians, except when they cross a road at a place that does not have a traffic light or stop sign. Road crews and their flaggers are also legally considered pedestrians.
A yield sign must be obeyed. Motorists must yield the right-of-way in these situations:
- All drivers turning left must yield. Failing to do so causes many collisions
- Yield to buses that are returning to traffic after loading and unloading passengers
- When two motorists reach a four-way stop sign the driver on the right has the right-of-way and others must yield
- Yield to traffic on the right that is entering a highway
- Yield to vehicles approaching an intersection from a highway
- Yield to all traffic when getting onto a road that does not have a stop sign or traffic light
What are the Risks of Failing to Yield?
Violating the yield law ranks second in causing serious injuries and deaths, states the 2015 Crash Statistics Report published by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Boynton Beach failure to yield accident lawyers know that these violations were responsible for 554 deaths and 28,242 injuries.
Florida’s motorists violate the yielding law most often when merging with traffic, turning left, nearing a pedestrian or a bicyclist, when an emergency vehicle is approaching, moving out of a parking space, and ignoring traffic signs and red lights.
What is Negligence?
A driver who failed to yield the right of way has committed an act of negligence. Defined in law, negligence is not exercising the proper care toward others that a reasonable person would have done in a similar circumstance.
Negligence is proven by meeting the four elements of the law such as owing a duty of care to the other party, breaching that duty by failing to yield, which caused the collision, and injuries and damages happened.
Comparative Negligence in a Failure to Yield Accident
Florida’s comparative negligence laws, which makes anyone who shares blame in causing harm and/or property damage financially liable. If the driver who failed to yield the right of way was entirely responsible for a collision that driver cannot collect any damages. If the other driver involved had some blame, such as not braking in time to avoid a collision, that driver is partially at fault.
A Boynton Beach failure to yield accident lawyer knows that damages are reduced by the percentage of fault. This is determined by a jury or the court in weighing the evidence. A party, for example, who is 20 percent at fault can only receive 80 percent of the damages awarded.
Talk to a Boynton Beach Failure to Yield Accident Attorney Today
The experienced car accident lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo invite those injured to arrange for a free consultation without any obligation to hire the lawyer. At the consultation, our attorneys will weigh the facts provided and can tell if filing a lawsuit to recover expenses can achieve that result. The lawyer will also explain the state’s negligence law and the legal procedures and processes necessary to win the case.