Failure to yield accidents are fairly common in Georgia. Often a driver may fail to stop at a red light, or a stop sign or fail to give way when merging.
These types of accident can be very serious. They often result in side-impact or “T-bone” crashes.
Our Newnan personal injury lawyer sees some very bad injuries from T-bone crashes. The side of a car or a truck affords less protection to drivers and passengers than the front or the back.
It’s not just people in other cars who are injured in failure to yield crashes in Georgia. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists may also suffer extremely grave injuries.
It’s usually clear who has the right of way and who should yield in Georgia.
When Do You Have the Right of Way in Georgia?
Here are some of the rules relating to the right of way in Georgia.
- If you arrive at an unmarked intersection at the same time as another driver, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right;
- When making left turns, you must yield right of way to oncoming cars;
- At a four-way stop, drivers must yield to pedestrians. Drivers should then proceed in the order they arrived at the intersection.
- Always yield the right of way to workers in a construction zone, emergency vehicles and highway maintenance cars;
- Stop for school buses with flashing lights and extended arms.
- If you are entering a highway, yield right of way to vehicles already on the roadway.
- Always yield right of way to avoid a wreck even if you believe you have the right of way.
When an accident with injuries occurs in Georgia, a finding over which driver failed to yield will be important in determining liability in a lawsuit brought to cover the costs of injuries.
Drivers must yield the right of way in a wide variety of situations, including when they enter a roadway, change lanes, make turns, and travel through intersections.
When a driver is meant to yield but doesn’t, he or she is likely to receive a traffic ticket. If a failure to yield causes an accident, the at-fault driver is liable for any damage and injuries that result from the wreck.
A police report and any traffic conviction are important in these cases because it may back up your claim that the other driver failed to yield.
If you are involved in a failure to yield accident or another car wreck in Georgia, please take some key steps to safeguard your health and rights and consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. Call the Law Office of Michael West at (404) 913-1529