You may have seen the “Yield” sign when merging onto a highway or entering a traffic circle. This means you have to allow oncoming vehicles in that road to pass before you merge on. The same rule applies when you approach a stop sign. When someone disobeys the sign and causes a serious auto collision, you should consult with a Perth Amboy failure to yield accident lawyer about your next move.
If someone is going down the road and encounters a yield sign, they have to yield the right-of-way to anyone who is approaching on the road they are turning onto. People often think that when they approach a stop sign, their only obligation is to briefly stop. The second part of the stop sign statute is they have to yield the right-of-way to somebody who is already in the road or had stopped before them.
Yielding the right-of-way commonly occurs when cars are coming at each other from angles, and New Jersey has a lot of traffic circles which utilize yield signs. In general, a person must yield to the vehicles that are already in the circle. If they do not, it is their fault if there is a crash. They must actively yield after they stop – the fact that they stop does not mean they have complied with the law.
Fault usually comes down to: either a person had an obligation to yield or they did not. But sometimes the location where a collision occurs can be a complicating factor. It is possible for a motorist to approach a yield sign, recognize that an oncoming driver is far enough away that the yielder can safely merge in, but then the oncoming driver was going too fast and ends up rear-ending the yielder. Ultimately, it comes down to people’s failure to make observations and adequately judge distance.
The defendant’s insurance company is going to allege that the injured plaintiff did something wrong, such as driving too fast. Generally speaking, if somebody has a yield sign, they are almost always at fault, but the other side is going to push back, alleging that the plaintiff holds some fault for the crash.
The insurance companies look to avoid liability at all costs. That is their basic principle. They will make up all kinds of different scenarios to either try to eliminate or reduce their liability, which is why it is important to work with a Perth Amboy lawyer in a failure-to-yield case.
Lawyers handle these cases by gathering evidence just like in any other situation. In urban settings, houses are right up against the corner, sometimes making it impossible for one driver to see the other, which is why it is important to know the circumstances of the crash. A failure-to-yield lawyer in Perth Amboy needs to get an idea of what each driver was seeing at the critical moment.
Most solo practitioners are not exclusively personal injury lawyers, which means they might not be as well-trained as a law firm. LSGM is broad enough and experienced enough to handle every type of personal injury case. Solo practitioners can get overwhelmed by the big insurance companies. A well-established and full-sized law firm will not let that happen.
If you believe another motorist disobeyed the Yield sign and caused harm to you, it is your right to hold them financially accountable. Their insurance company will attempt to settle with you quickly but it is rarely enough to cover for all your losses. Talk to us and retain a Perth Amboy failure to yield accident lawyer to help you get the result that you deserve.