Failure to Yield Accident
Failure to yield is often cited as the second highest cause of automobile accidents in Louisiana. In a failure to yield accident, a driver fails to stop at a stop sign, yield sign or traffic light and strikes another vehicle. Even if the driver yields, he may still fail to maintain a proper lookout while yielding and be at fault for the accident. Our Lafayette car accident lawyers at Broussard & David are committed to protecting the rights of car accident victims who suffer serious injuries in failure to yield accidents. Our lawyers understand that a motor vehicle accident can seriously affect an accident victim’s quality of life. We take a personalized approach to legal representation and make sure our clients are fully informed about their options under the law.
In a failure to yield accident, the officer investigating the scene of the accident may ticket the party at fault for the accident. Fault can be extremely clear in these accidents. When a person is legally required to stop or yield and fails to properly do so, the person is almost always liable for negligence under the law and for any damages caused by the accident. Under Louisiana law, a driver who fails to yield at a stop sign or when making a left turn and who then collides with another vehicle is presumed to be at fault for the accident. Based in the Lafayette area, our car accident attorneys can help you hold a driver accountable for this behavior.
Nevertheless, comparative negligence principles can also come into play in failure to yield accidents. Sometimes, both drivers may have acted carelessly and may have played a role in causing the accident. For example, the yielding driver may not see a speeding vehicle. Another issue that commonly arises is determining who has the legal right of way when both cars have a duty to yield. Principles of comparative negligence permit victims of car accidents to recover damages, even if they were partially responsible for the accident. A court will reduce the victim’s recovery by his or her percentage of fault.
In a failure to yield accident, a victim may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost income or wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship and consortium
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a failure to yield accident, our Lafayette car accident attorneys at Broussard & David are available to help you. We are results-oriented and strive to maximize our clients’ recovery under the law. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a car accident lawyer in the Lafayette area, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-233-2323 (local).