When you are driving a car, you have to follow the rules of the road, including yielding right-of-way. Those rules dictate how fast you can go and when you must yield the right-of-way to another vehicle. The latter is particularly important because failure to yield can result in an accident. Most drivers were familiar with yield laws when they took their driver’s tests many years ago. Unfortunately, knowledge like that often deteriorates over time. This refresher should help you get up-to-date with failure-to-yield laws.
What Is Failure to Yield at a Four-Way Stop?
When you approach a stop sign, you must stop your car completely. Only after that may you continue driving. But when can you go, and when do you have to wait for other cars?
Typically, the first car to reach the stop sign has the right-of-way. If you reach the stop sign at the same time as another car, you must yield if the other car is to your right. If the other driver is across from you, any driver turning left must yield the right-of-way.
What Is Failure to Yield When Making a Left Turn?
Typically, when you are making a left turn, you must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle heading in any other direction. If you fail to yield, you could easily cause an accident.
What Is Failure to Yield at a Yield Sign?
Yield signs have different meanings depending on nearby traffic. Thus, if there are no nearby vehicles, a yield sign just means slow down and continue. However, if there are nearby vehicles, you should stop until there is no nearby traffic.
What Is Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian?
In most states, pedestrians have the right-of-way when legally crossing a road. This means that if you see a pedestrian at an intersection or a crosswalk, you should slow down or stop completely to let them cross.
When drivers fail to yield to pedestrians, they are likely to cause a life-threatening accident. Also, be aware that in many states, even if a pedestrian is jaywalking, you must slow down or stop for them. You have more responsibility than they do because you can injure the unprotected person with your vehicle.
Contact Our Law Firm for Accident Assistance- Yielding Right-of-Way
If another driver didn’t yield and hit your car, you may need legal help. Contact The Joel Bieber Firm immediately to consult with a car accident lawyer.