If you suffered injuries in an Orlando car accident because another driver failed to yield, you might have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit and recover damages. An Orlando failure-to-yield accident lawyer from our law firm could help.
We provide responsive legal care and fight aggressively for the rights of accident victims. We help you identify the responsible party or parties and collect evidence, such as the police report. We can then pursue the negligent parties and their insurers for damages.
Our Orlando personal injury lawyers only get paid when we recover your money. Call us today for a free case evaluation.
Failure To Yield Accidents
Failure to yield refers to any situation in which a driver disregards the right of way possessed by another motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian.
When multiple cars, bicycles, or pedestrians need to get around one another, traffic laws determine who goes first and who must wait. If a motorist goes when it is someone else’s turn, that driver has negligently failed to yield the right of way.
If this behavior leads to a collision, the injured party may be able to hold the at-fault driver liable for damages.
Common examples of failure to yield include:
Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
When a driver ignores a red light or a stop sign and causes an accident with another motorist who had the right of way, the one who ran the light or sign is at fault.
This type of collision can be devastating, and we are here to help you get the justice you deserve.
Disregarding a Yield Sign
Yield signs require the oncoming driver to stop or slow down if another vehicle is coming. For instance, if Road A is merging into Road B, a yield sign might require drivers coming from Road A to yield the right of way to drivers already on Road B.
Drivers who ignore these signs can be held liable for the collisions they cause.
Failing To Yield to a Pedestrian
Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Even if no crosswalk is present, a driver’s duty of care behind the wheel always includes the responsibility to watch out for pedestrians.
If you or a loved one was injured by a motor vehicle while on foot, an auto accident lawyer from our Orlando office could help you hold the driver responsible.
Ignoring Malfunctioning Traffic Signals
If a traffic signal at an intersection is malfunctioning, drivers approaching it from any direction must treat it as a four-way stop. That means they must come to a complete stop and, if other vehicles are present, proceed into the intersection in the order in which the vehicles came to a stop.
A driver who violates or disregards this process has failed to yield and may be liable for a resulting crash.
If the accident that caused your injuries occurred in a way not listed above, we still want to hear from you and may be able to help you file a claim with the insurance company.
Injuries in a Failure To Yield Accident
When a driver fails to yield the right of way, serious and even fatal collisions can result. The consequences of these accident types can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more severe injuries, such as:
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
In some cases, failure to yield accidents can cause catastrophic injuries causing permanent scarring or disability. Victims may suffer long-term physical and emotional pain and financial losses due to medical bills and lost wages.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a crash caused by another driver’s failure to yield the right of way, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. An Orlando personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and options under the law.
Proving Liability for a Failure To Yield Car Accident in Florida
A car accident claim or lawsuit usually involves negligence behind the wheel. To prove negligence and hold the other driver liable, we have to demonstrate three things:
- The driver owed you a duty of care
- The driver failed to uphold their duty of care
- You incurred damages because of their failure
Duty of Care
In Florida, anyone who gets a driver’s license and gets behind the wheel has an implied duty of care to operate their vehicle safely and to look out for other motorists and pedestrians.
Failure To Uphold a Reasonable Duty
If the other driver failed to yield the right of way to you, we could present this failure as proof that they did not uphold their duty of care.
Lastly, we must connect the other driver’s failure of duty to the specific economic or noneconomic damages you suffered from the crash.
Our Orlando failure to yield accident attorneys can collect and present evidence connecting the negligent driver’s actions with the crash and the injuries you and your loved ones suffered.
Calculating the Damages You Could Recover from Your Car Accident
Our Central Florida car accident lawyers fight for compensation to cover the full spectrum of damages you have incurred. These may include the following:
- Medical treatment expenses for current and future medical care
- Lost income from work
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Property damage
- Wrongful death (if a family member succumbed to a fatal injury)
Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations on Florida Car Accident Lawsuits
According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you typically have four years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one passes away from an accident, you have two years from the day they died to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our attorneys can take quick legal action to avoid any statute of limitations issues and preserve your right to financial compensation.
Not only that, but the sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can get started on your case.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Orlando
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Orange County failure to yield accident, reach out to the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today. Our experienced car accident attorneys can review your case and advise you on the best action to take to recover damages.
Don’t let an insurance company settle with you for less than your case is worth. We will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you are owed. We offer free legal consultations and take cases on a contingency-fee basis.
Contact us today for Orlando failure-to-yield accident legal representation.
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