If a driver fails to yield the right of way, this may lead to a collision and severe injuries. If you suffered injuries in this type of accident in Gulfport, Mississippi, a Gulfport failure to yield accident lawyer can help. The team from the Morris Bart law firm can gather proof of negligence and liability to begin the process of pursuing a settlement based on your damages.
A member of our team can discuss your accident case with you through a free consultation. We can determine if we believe you are able to hold the other motorist at fault for your accident and discuss your legal options. We represent all clients on a contingency fee basis, so you’ll never pay us unless and until your case is won. Call (228) 357-9621 to find out more.
Failure to Yield Can Cause Dangerous Side-Impact Collisions
Failure to yield is a common cause of traffic accidents in intersections. More than 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in the United States occur due to crashes in intersections, according to 2007 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Whether the driver fails to yield to a traffic signal or to oncoming traffic that has the right-of-way, this may lead to side-impact collisions that are dangerous for occupants. This is especially true when the impact occurs in the door, endangering the driver or passengers.
A failure to yield includes:
- Turning left in front of traffic without yielding
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Not stopping before pulling out of a parking lot or side street into traffic
While there are side-impact safety devices such as airbags in modern vehicles that help, most vehicles do not have as much protection for occupants in the sides as they do the front or rear. This plays a role in the severity of many injuries from these accidents. In addition, drivers who fail to yield are also often going full speed trying to beat a light or beat oncoming traffic at the time of an accident. Speed increases the force exerted in an accident, leading to worse injuries.
Victims in these types of accidents who can prove the other driver failed to yield and caused the collision can hold that driver liable through a personal injury lawsuit. A lawyer can help you build your case and settle out of court for a fair value you may be entitled to based on your losses.
Discuss your options with a member of the team from the Morris Bart law office. We offer free case reviews, so call (228) 357-9621 to get started.
For a free legal consultation with a Failure to Yield Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Let Our Team Pursue Compensation Based on the Facts of Your Case
A Gulfport failure to yield accident lawyer can collect evidence to prove your case and seek the compensation you may be entitled to for the damages you suffered. The steps you may need to take to prove the other driver failed to yield, and that this negligent action led to your injuries, can include:
- Collecting witness statements
- Identifying any video or photos of the accident
- Analyzing all the damage to the vehicles involved
- A survey of the scene to better understand what happened and where
- Obtaining copies of your relevant medical records and other documentation of your injuries
- Reviewing accident reconstructions and looking at data provided by experts
- Gathering documentation of your losses
All traffic accident cases typically hinge on proving negligence. There are four factors needed to prove negligent actions contributed to your case:
- The other driver had a duty to yield the right-of-way
- They failed to do so
- Their failure to yield caused the accident
- The accident led to your injuries and losses
If you can prove these four factors, you may be able to hold the driver liable and recover compensation based on documented damages.
Pursuing Damages Based on the At-Fault Driver’s Negligence
If you have enough evidence to move forward with a case, you can seek an insurance payout or an award you may be entitled to in court. If successful, either of these will allow you to recover compensation for damages that may include:
- Current and future medical treatment costs for your accident injured
- Current and future missed wages
- Diminished capacity to work and earn a living
- Property damages to your car and other damaged personal property
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
- Wrongful death damages
Under Mississippi Code § 15-1-49, you only have three years to file a lawsuit following a car accident. No matter how much evidence you have collected in your case, it is unlikely you can hold the at-fault driver liable if you miss this deadline.
While the deadline technically only applies to lawsuits, the option to take the driver to court provides leverage that may allow you and your lawyer to negotiate a settlement. Without his leverage, it may be difficult to get a fair payout you may be entitled to.
Discuss Your Case with a Member of Our Team
A Gulfport failure to yield accident lawyer can help you hold a negligent driver responsible for their carelessness and recover compensation you may be entitled to cover your losses. You should not have to pay for your medical care, time away from work, car repairs, and more if you did nothing to cause the accident. Let the Morris Bart law office help pursue a lawsuit or settlement in your case.
In addition to our Gulfport office, we have 15 offices across Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas. We can help you with your car accident injuries almost anywhere in the Gulf South.
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