If you suffered injuries in a failure to yield accident, the lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are here for you. In Los Angeles, failure to yield to others on the roadways can be a big problem for more than just drivers—this act of carelessness poses a threat to pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, big trucks, and more. Call us now to begin working on your claim: (800) 794-0444.
California Traffic Yield Laws
Being involved in a failure to yield accident can upend your life. A Los Angeles failure to yield accident lawyer can identify the liable party and hold them accountable for their negligence. It is imperative to establish how the other driver acted irresponsibly, so knowing the laws regarding yielding in California are important to know. According to Sec. 21800 of the California Statutes, drivers in California are obligated to yield in the following ways:
- Merging and Intersections:
- “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
- “When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on his or her immediate right.”
- When there is a stop sign at an intersection or highway entrance, left-side drivers yield to right-side drivers.
- Obey all official traffic lights, signals and signs to determine a safe time to proceed through an intersection of roads.
- Making turns on the road requires caution and communication between all drivers.
- Left-Turn or U-Turn: Drivers looking to make these turns must yield the right of way for all oncoming vehicles in the opposite direction.
- Stop Signs:
- All drivers must come to a complete stop until able to “proceed with reasonable safety” from the stop sign.
- While one vehicle is passing a stop sign, other drivers must yield the right of way to them.
- Local Authorities and Designated Crossing Areas
- For safety, designated crossing areas are permitted and drivers must yield to them, whether or not there is a crosswalk.
- All parties generally have some duty of care for the regard of others on the road.
- Anyone entering or exiting a roadside property, public or private, must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.
- Emergency Vehicles
- If an “authorized emergency vehicle” with a “sounding siren” and at least one “lighted lamp exhibiting red light,” all traffic must yield.
- Drivers must use reasonable safety to yield
- The safest way for drivers to yield to an emergency vehicle is by stopping, which is the law.
Safe yielding law is more nuanced than the brief outline of points mentioned above, but a general rule of thumb is to oblige a basic duty of care to others on the road. When other drivers do not control their speed, appropriately give others the right of way, or do not yield to emergency vehicles, serious accidents can happen. Even by obliging to basic senses of duty, accidents still frequently happen due to yielding problems.
Legal Claims in a Failure to Yield Accident
Consider any of the following claims after you experience a failure to yield accident:
- Personal Injury: In a personal injury case, one seeks compensation for expenses related to pain and suffering from a car accident. You might need sudden medical bills to be paid, coverage of prescription medication, and long-term care from a medical professional. Any financial losses related to your injuries from a car accident would qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations for lawsuits concerning personal injuries in California is typically two years, according to Sec. 335.1 of the California Statutes.
- Property Damage: You can seek compensation for any belongings that are damaged as a result of the accident. This can cover any non-bodily harm that happened as a result of the accident. You might need to repair your car, cover costs related to a rental car, replace a car seat, and any valuables lost in the accident. You can file a property damage claim within three years, usually.
- Wrongful Death: A wrongful death lawsuit concerns the financial burden of losing a loved one from the failure to yield accident. This could include any medical bills, funeral expenses, and potentially lost income if you were dependent on someone who died in the accident. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is generally up to two years from the date of the accident, under Sec. 340.8 of the California Statutes.
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