Do you know when you have the right of way on Texas roads? Learn the facts in failure to yield accidents.
Many Texas drivers know that when you approach a yield sign you are required to slow or stop to allow another vehicle to proceed ahead of you. A failure to yield can result in a traffic ticket, but it can also lead to devastating accidents on the road.
As a Texas driver, you should know the most common causes offailure to yield accidents:
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn
- Failure to yield to an approaching emergency vehicle (fire truck, police car or ambulance) when emergency lights are on,
- Failure to stop at a stop sign and remain stopped until the driver with the right of way is clear
- Failing to yield to a bicycle when making a right turn
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian
- Failing to yield to cross traffic at a flashing yellow or red light
- Failing to yield when entering a road from a side street, driveway, or parking lot=
How to approach an intersection safely
The most common cause of these accidents is drivers who fail to yield when making a turn. The driver of a vehicle who is intending to turn must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and turn only if there is reasonable safety that they will not endanger other drivers. The driver must use judgment to gauge how far away oncoming traffic might be, and how fast this traffic is approaching.
If you have been in a Texas car accident and the other driver did not yield the right-of-way, you may have a claim against the driver and other drivers involved for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
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