Failure to yield. You have probably heard this term in traffic reports as the cause of an auto accident, or perhaps you have heard of citations given for drivers who fail to yield at stop signs, when merging lanes, or in pedestrian zones. While this term is more often used for auto accidents, it actually applies more to everyday driving practices than many drivers consider. As a Mesa car accident attorney firm, we see a lot of cases resulting from failure to yield. Here are the six most common failure to yield scenarios:
Failure to Yield – Stop Sign Intersection:
If an officer of the law catches you rolling through a stop sign, you will get be cited for a failure to yield. This particular sign is in place to warn drivers of potential cross-traffic. Even when no other vehicles are in the intersection, you must come to a complete stop at the stop sign. Remember, pedestrians and bicyclists are much smaller than a vehicle and can cross in front of you at any time without you seeing them.
Failure to Yield – Intersection Traffic Light:
If you ever see a traffic light blinking red, you have to treat that intersection as a four-way stop sign. You can get a traffic citation if you do not obey the rule of right of way. Whoever stopped first has the right of way, and if there are multiple vehicles in the intersection, right of way is granted to those on the right. When it’s your turn, proceed with caution. If another driver doesn’t yield to you when it’s your turn, just let it go.
Failure to Yield – Three-Way Intersection:
These types of intersections are similar to a four-way stop, but drivers in some lanes are forced to turn left or right. If you are the turning driver, you must allow the through traffic to continue and cautiously proceed when no traffic will be affected by your actions. It is common for three-way intersections to not be mandated by a light or even a stop sign (NOLO).
Failure to Yield – Merge Lane:
Yield signs exist for a reason in merge lanes. Oncoming traffic can be proceeding at a speed of five miles per hour to more than 65 miles per hour, and without failing to yield for this type of traffic, you’re bound to be involved in a car accident in Mesa. Most merge lanes provide you enough time to get up to speed, but otherwise stay back until there’s enough space between you and oncoming traffic to merge safely.
Failure to Yield – Left Hand Turns:
31 percent of auto collisions in 2013 that caused at least $100,000 in personal injury and property damages were the result of a left-turning driver. Left hand turns are extremely dangerous, especially when the turning driver’s vision is obstructed by drivers in the opposite left turn lane. A driver turning left has to be aware of oncoming traffic as well as pedestrians and bicyclists in the crosswalk.
Crosswalks are typically known as pedestrian zones. At every intersection there is a cross walk for pedestrians walking with the flow of traffic and in cross-traffic lanes. Be sure to not enter the crosswalk lanes until all pedestrians have finished crossing the street. If you are turning right or left into a crosswalk, be courteous and allow them to have the right of way.
Those injured in auto collisions as a result of failure to yield can suffer auto body damage as well as extensive personal injuries. Speed is a factor in these types of accidents and can further the likelihood of loss of limbs, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and even death.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a failure to yield within Arizona, please contact the Mesa car accident lawyers of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your injury claim, and we will not accept compensation until you win your case. Schedule an appointment today with our contact form!