Failure to yield is among the behaviors that can cause vehicles to collide, a circumstance that often leads to serious injuries to those involved. Failure to yield may also be a clear-cut case of negligence, especially if it is officially documented as the cause of your accident.
If another motorist’s failure to yield caused an accident that injured you or a loved one, you might want to consult with a Birmingham failure to yield accident lawyer about the case for compensation that you may be entitled to. Call our team at Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158 for a free discussion about your case.
Alabama Is a Perennially Dangerous State for Motorists
In 2018, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that, when adjusted for population, the state of Alabama had the third-highest rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents. This is no outlier, as Alabama routinely ranks amongst the most dangerous states for motorists, pedestrians, and passengers.
The Alabama Department of Public Health reported that fatal car accidents account for almost half of preventable deaths for children less than 18 years old, with inexperienced drivers being involved in many of the accidents. Inexperienced drivers are more likely to do the following:
- Be unfamiliar with the laws of the road, including yield signs.
- Fail to understand the speed of oncoming traffic and the deceptive nature of objects coming from a distance, which may lead them to pull into oncoming traffic without yielding.
- Make impulsive decisions (such as failing to yield), as the youthful mind has yet to develop completely and may be more prone to rash decision making.
- Drive aggressively.
This is not to say that teen drivers are the only ones who may fail to yield—anybody can be guilty of failure to yield, whether it is a one-time mistake or a habitual practice. When somebody fails to yield to oncoming traffic, they put others in direct danger.
Reasons Why Somebody Would Fail to Yield
There are several possible reasons why somebody may have failed to yield to your vehicle, ultimately causing your accident. Some of the possible explanations for somebody’s failure to yield include:
- They do not understand what a yield sign means.
- They did not see the yield sign due to inattention.
- They were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can decrease awareness of surroundings and lead to impulsive or rash decisions.
- They saw and understood the yield sign but failed to abide by it and proceeded into traffic anyway.
- They yielded but failed to see the oncoming traffic.
Regardless of the reason why somebody failed to yield, if somebody pulled into traffic in a way that put you in danger and caused an accident, then they may ultimately have to compensate you for your accident-related losses.
For a free legal consultation with a Failure to Yield Accident lawyer serving Birmingham, call 800-537-8185
Start Your Case for Compensation
For many people who want to obtain compensation from another driver who caused them or a loved one to be injured, the first step is calling a lawyer. Hiring a Birmingham failure to yield accident lawyer can allow you to focus on your daily life, including your road to recovery, while simultaneously pursuing any awards that you are entitled to.
A Birmingham failure to yield accident lawyer can assist you by:
- Conducting a complimentary consultation to hear from you how the accident occurred and how it has impacted your life negatively.
- Collecting all available evidence of the accident from you and other sources, such as police reports, accident scene photographs, and witness testimony, which might serve as valuable proof that the defendant in your case acted negligently by failing to yield.
- Forming a case centered on proving the negligence of the defendant.
- Consulting crash experts, medical experts, and any other individual who could strengthen your case.
- Handling every aspect of your legal case.
- Exploring settlement options on your behalf.
- Protecting your rights.
You are likely facing significant hardship if you were injured in an accident and may be recovering for the foreseeable future. Call our team at the Morris Bart law office today at (205) 380-4158 to speak about your case at no cost.
We Aim to Prove Negligence
The deciding factor in your case will be whether the other driver acted negligently. If they failed to yield, they almost certainly did act negligently, which we will aim to prove in court by doing the following:
Showing that the Defendant Owed You a Duty of Care
The duty of care is a term commonly used in civil court, and it generally means that (in the case of auto accidents), a driver has a duty not to act in any way that puts others at an unreasonable risk of harm.
Proving that the Defendant Breached Their Duty of Care
If there is documentation that the defendant failed to yield, such as a police report or witness testimony, then proving the breach may be straightforward.
Linking the Breach of Duty of Care and Your Injuries
If the failure to yield caused the accident and the accident resulted in your injuries, then making this link clear will be possible.
Calculating Awards that You Are Entitled to
We will show the court how we reached this calculation and fight for a verdict that requires the defendant to pay for your losses.
Possible Compensation from Your Case
If your case is successful, possible awards include compensation for:
- Accident-related medical expenses.
- Lost wages or salary.
- The cost of rehabilitation for any lingering injuries.
- Any permanent disability or diminished earning capacity resulting from the accident.
- Mental anguish for pain and suffering.
You may have experienced a substantial impact on your life because of the accident, and we want to help you pursue justice against the person responsible.
Call Our Team at the Morris Bart Law Firm Today
Medical bills and time off work can quickly add up. Consulting with a Birmingham failure to yield lawyer could be the first step in seeking the compensation that you deserve. Call our team at the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158 for a free no-obligation case evaluation.
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