Birmingham Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Traffic laws were created for a reason, without them, the streets would be in chaos. How do we know? Just look at what happens when reckless drivers fail to adhere to the rules of the road, one of the most obvious examples of this is the failure to yield accident.
Failure to yield accidents are dangerous because you may be proceeding into an intersection or roadway as is your right only to suddenly be blindsided out of nowhere by a driver who failed to yield the right of way. This type of unexpected accident leaves you little room to take evasive actions. When a driver recklessly abandons their duty of care, innocent motorcyclists can be injured, even killed.
If you or a loved one was out riding and was hit by a driver who failed to yield the right of way, you may be able to recover financial compensation. At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we are committed to helping motorcycle victims recover damages to cover their medical bills and time away from work. You were obeying the law and didn’t ask for this tragic accident to happen to you.
Don’t be victimized a second time by accepting an insurance settlement that barely covers the cost of your current medical treatment, or worse, being forced to pay for all of your medical bills and other expenses out-of-pocket. Contact the dedicated Birmingham motorcycle injury lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call us at (205) 324-1212 in order to schedule your free legal consultation today.
Do I Need an Attorney for a Failure to Yield Accident?
A failure to yield accident should be black and white, you were in the right and the driver who failed to yield was in the wrong. Unfortunately, not all insurance adjusters will see it the same way. Why not? It’s because their job is to save their company as much money as possible, insurance companies are for-profit businesses after all. So even though in your eyes, it seems like an open and shut case, an insurance adjuster may try to manipulate you into making a statement that could work against your claim. They may just make a low-ball offer and hope you are in desperate enough financial need to take it, even though it won’t come close to covering all your expenses post-accident.
An attorney is a powerful tool that puts you on more even footing with an insurance adjuster. A skilled attorney can employ their own experts to conduct an independent and thorough investigation into the circumstances of your accident. An attorney can also aggressively negotiate on your behalf, working to get you the money you deserve. In the event that an insurance company’s settlement is unreasonable or they don’t wish to negotiate in good faith, an attorney will be able to prepare a lawsuit and go to court in order to help you recover the compensation you should be due. There is no end to the help and valuable legal advice that a skilled attorney can give you in a failure to yield accident situations. Don’t short-change yourself by trying to manage it all alone.
Why Choose Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to Handle My Motorcycle Accident?
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we pride ourselves on being able to help our clients obtain maximum verdicts and settlements in their favor. Our legal team has a wealth of experience when it comes to handling a wide range of personal injury cases. We have been a part of the Birmingham community for more than two decades and want to continue our legacy of helping people long into the future. It’s the people that make this such a special place, and we’ve never forgotten that what we do, we do for them.
In addition to our legal accolades, we are also proud contributors to a number of Alabama organizations. We regularly contribute and support local organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, and Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama. We’ve never lost sight of the fact that the community is why we are here today after 20 years of service. It’s our dedication to you and your family that makes us proud to continue to serve the Birmingham community both professionally and personally.
What is a Failure to Yield Accident?
A failure to yield accident sounds straightforward. A car doesn’t follow a yield sign and causes an accident, right? Failure to yield accidents are actually a little more complicated than that. A failure to yield accident is technically any type of accident that happens as a result of a driver who does not have the right of way colliding with a driver that is supposed to have safe passage.
Failure to yield accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, a driver may be distracted by a phone call or text and fails to notice that they do not have the right of way. Other drivers may be ignorant of the laws that dictate certain traffic patterns, such as a four-way stop. No matter, the reason, failing to yield is a traffic offense, and it can result in penalties for the driver, even if they don’t cause a traffic accident. The first failing to yield offense can result in a $20 fine and up to $170 in costs. Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle may result in a $50 fine plus $170 in costs for the first offense. Repeat violates can find themselves racking up hundreds of dollars in fines for subsequent offenses. Repeat violators may also face the prospect of having their driver’s license suspended.
Types of Failing to Yield Accidents Cases We Handle
According to numbers compiled by Drive Safe Alabama, in 2018, a traffic crash was reported every 197 seconds. They also found that failure to yield the right of way was the number one cause of most non-fatal accident crashes in the state. It may have been several years since you’ve studied for a driver’s license exam, but the information is as relevant today as it was when you were a teen. Forgetting or ignoring these rules of the roads are one of the major reasons that failure to yield accidents happen.
- Yellow traffic light accidents – Contrary to popular belief, yellow does not mean to go faster. It means slow down and be prepared to stop. A yellow light is signaling that you are losing the right of way and it is not safe to enter the intersection.
- Vehicle entering an intersection – Alabama law states that when there are two vehicles approaching an intersection at the same time, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.
- Left-turn accidents – Alabama code 32-5A-111 stipulates that drivers intending to make a left-hand turn must always yield to vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
- Right turn on red accidents – Some areas do allow you to make a right turn at a red light. However, the driver with the red light must yield to all other traffic with the right of way.
- Vehicle entering the highway from a private road or other roadways – Traffic code in Alabama also dictates that drivers who enter or cross roadways from private streets, ramps, or other roadways, must yield to other vehicles approaching on that roadway.
- Highway Construction – Highway construction signs are not suggestions. Drivers must yield to authorized vehicles and pedestrians working in designated construction zones. The law also mandates that drivers yield to authorized vehicles working on the highway when their vehicles are displaying flashing lights.
- Emergency vehicles – Emergency vehicles aren’t politely suggesting that you move over for them. They are emergency vehicles responding to a serious threat. Alabama law states that drivers must yield the right of way immediately to emergency vehicles with at least one lighted lamp and an audible siren. That means clearing the road or intersection when an emergency vehicle approaches.
Most Common Injuries in Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accidents
The problem with failing to yield accidents is that motorcyclists aren’t expecting to be hit. They are expecting a reasonable and safe driver to follow posted signs and the rules of the road. They may not be anticipating a vehicle entering their space and can be unable to take evasive actions in time to avoid an accident. Similarly, a motorist not paying attention to their surroundings may fail to yield because they weren’t aware that a motorcyclist was nearby.
Some of the more common injuries involved in these types of accidents can include:
- Head, neck, or spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Road rash
- Muscle sprains
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a motorist who failed to yield, be sure to contact an experienced injury attorney for help right away.
Failing to yield is risky and negligent driving behavior. If you’ve been hurt in a crash with a driver that failed to yield, you deserve compensation for your injuries, time away from work, and the pain and suffering you’ve had to endure. At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP we understand that reckless driving behavior shouldn’t cost you everything you’ve worked so hard to gain.
Contact the experienced legal team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP and share the details of your case with one of our skilled attorneys. We want to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call today at (205) 324-1212 to set up your free initial consultation.