There are statutory laws in Ohio that govern all traffic collisions and dictate who has the right of way at an intersection, when making a left turn, when changing lanes, and at crosswalks. Failing to yield means to not yield the right of way to another vehicle or a pedestrian.
If another driver struck you when you had the right of way, you should speak with a Columbus failure to yield lawyer at our firm. Our experienced injury attorneys can build a strong case to help you recover financial compensation for your losses.
What Can Be Complicated About Identifying Fault in Failure to Yield Cases?
In failure to yield cases, it is often challenging to determine who had the right of way because there are many factors that can impact that. For instance, a person might have the right of way, but they can lose it if they are operating their vehicle unlawfully.
If they are speeding, texting while driving, or operating a vehicle while intoxicated, they could be liable for a collision. These factors can quickly become complicated, requiring our skilled attorneys to investigate it under the failure to yield laws in Columbus.
Common Causes of Right of Way Collisions
Most failure to yield collisions occur at intersections. These wrecks often occur when one driver is attempting to make a left turn and, for whatever reason, they turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. This often results in a T-bone collision and devastating injuries.
These accidents also often involve pedestrians. If a driver fails to see a person crossing at a crosswalk, or if someone traveling by foot suddenly darts in front of oncoming traffic, these collisions can occur. Often, these accidents can prove catastrophic or even deadly to the pedestrian.
How Do Insurance Companies Treat Failure to Yield Crashes?
The defendant’s insurance company is going to be looking for a way to deflect blame onto you. For instance, they might say that you are 30 percent at fault for failing to take evasive action to try to avoid the collision. They may claim you were speeding or that you should not have proceeded through the intersection.
When handling failure to yield cases, it is especially important to contact our team of attorneys in Columbus because the insurance companies are going to be calling witnesses and collecting whatever evidence they can to assign blame to the other party.
Investigating the Right of Way
One of the first things our team will do when investigating a right of way collision is collect as much evidence as possible. This involves getting the accident report, speaking to the investigating officer, contacting witnesses, and reviewing 911 audio logs, dash cam footage, and body cam footage. We will also check traffic lighting sequence and weather reports to see what the weather conditions were that day.
Reviewing the time of day the accident occurred is also important as there are laws stating when a drivers must turn on their headlights. Failure to comply with these laws could be proof of fault.
Consult a Columbus Failure to Yield Attorney Today
An accomplished law firm is going to have contacts and resources available to them that perhaps a solo practitioner might not, especially in traumatic cases and cases where one might need to hire an expert, which can be costly. Our law firm has the knowledge and resources to help you seek compensation after suffering harm in a vehicle wreck.
We are attorneys you can trust to put your best interests first. Call today and schedule a case consultation with a Columbus failure to yield lawyer at our firm.