Accidents caused by a failure to yield can lead to serious injuries. If another driver failed to yield to you and caused your accident, you may be able to hold him liable for any injuries you sustained.
A failure to yield accident lawyer in Atlanta can help in what is often a traumatic experience. S. Burke Law’s mission is helping victims get the money they need following one of these accidents. Piecing your life back together financially, emotionally, and physically is a taxing undertaking.
But with over 20 years of experience, our team prides itself on providing the quality, compassionate representation you require to get you back to enjoying life. Call us at 404-842-7838 for a free consultation.
What Constitutes a Failure to Yield?
According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-73: “The 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 the roadway to be entered or crossed.”
There are a number of instances in which a driver could potentially fail to properly follow this law. They include:
- Failure to properly merge onto a highway or state road
- Refusing to wait for pedestrians to leave the roadway
- Failing to follow the law at a four-way stop
- Refusing to treat bicyclists as other road users
An improper left turn also falls under failure to yield. Per O.C.G.A. § 40-6-71, “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.”
If a driver engaged in any of these negligent behaviors and caused your accident, we can help you hold him liable for any injuries or losses you suffered.
How Do I Recover Compensation for a Failure to Yield Accident?
We must prove the other driver failed to yield to you. Say you were heading straight through an intersection when a driver turned left in front of you causing an accident. We will prove:
- The driver did not have the right of way. (Example: If the driver did not have a solid green arrow, he did not have the right of way.)
- The failure to yield caused the accident and your injuries. (Example: By turning in front of you, he caused you to T-bone his vehicle and suffer a brain injury.)
To establish this, we might gather evidence such as:
- Surveillance video
- Red light camera footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- Testimony from expert witnesses
- Cell phone records (this can help determine if distraction contributed to the failure to yield)
What Injuries Are Common in Failure to Yield Accidents?
Because failure to yield accidents in Atlanta can occur in a variety of ways, the injuries are diverse as well. However, some of the most serious injuries that often occur include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Broken bones
Most of these injuries come with expensive medical bills and a long recovery time. In some cases, the victim never recovers from the injury, requiring round-the-clock care with no way to pay for it.
What Compensation Can I Recover Following a Failure to Yield Accident?
While we cannot tell you how much you might be able to recover until we review the circumstances of your case, we can tell you what damages we typically seek.
You can expect compensation for any of the following expenses and losses if they apply to your case:
- Medical expenses, can include anything from ambulance bills to costs of prescriptions and rehabilitation
- Lost wages in the event your injuries forced you to miss work
- Lost earning capacity if you were unable to return to your job or had to take a lesser-paying job
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost quality of life
We will gather your medical bills, W-2s, paystubs, and testimony from medical and vocational experts to determine how much your case might be worth.
We will ensure any settlement offers you receive cover all these costs. If not, we will negotiate until you get what you deserve. We will even take your case to court if that is what is necessary to get the compensation you need to cover your failure to yield accident injuries.
Call Us Now for a Free Consultation
S. Burke Law places our client’s needs at the forefront. This is why we invite failure to yield accident victims to call us free of charge. When you are dealing with the fallout from an accident, what you need is clarity and compassion, not another expense. S. Burke Law provides both with no upfront costs. Call us at 404-842-7838.