Failure to Yield
Each day hundreds of motorists get behind the wheel and each and every one of them is expected to follow the rules of the road. Under Article 9 of the Arizona state legislature the right of way laws are thoroughly explained, but unfortunately these laws are broken nearly every single day.
Failure to yield is the process in which one vehicle fails to yield the right of way to the other vehicle. Failing to yield the right of way can be dangerous and oftentimes leads to car crashes. In the state of Arizona more than 103,000 car collisions were reported throughout the state of which more than 33,000 were injury crashes.
Additionally, more than 70,000 accidents involved collisions with two or more vehicles rather than with a fixed-object such as a pole or tree. Approximately 7,405 crashes were reportedly caused by the failure to yield the right of way.
Side-impact collisions are a common type of accident caused by the failure to yield the right of way, if the drivers were speeding it could lead to serious personal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a driver who failed to yield the right of way, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Failure to Yield Laws
The laws for yielding vary by state and not only include failing to yield to other drivers, but also to pedestrians and bicyclists.
According to Arizona laws, drivers should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Two vehicles at an intersection. When two vehicles enter or approach the same intersection from different streets at the same time, the driver on the left should yield the right of way to driver on the right. The only exception is when a driver is entering the highway and when the vehicle on the left is travelling on a continuing street, and the one on the right is at a road that ends such as it happens when entering the freeway.
- Vehicle Turning Left At Intersection. When a driver intends to turn left at an intersection, they must yield the right of way to any vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and that is close to, or within, that intersection and poses a hazard.
- Intersection Entrance. When a vehicle is at an entrance intersection, the driver with a stop sign must yield to all incoming vehicles that are not required to stop within the intersection.
These rules must be adhered to so that all persons are safe when traveling through intersections as failing to yield could cause a deadly collision.
Although its against the law to not yield properly and can result in a fine and license point deductions this type of problem is an unfortunate, but common occurrence.
Some customary reasons why a driver may fail to yield include:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Driving While Distracted
- Texting and Driving
It is important for all drivers to practice defensive driving techniques when they find themselves in hazardous situations at intersections, it could help prevent a car crash from happening.
Move Over Arizona Law
In late 2005, the Move Over law was added to the state legislature in an effort to decrease the number of emergency personnel being injured while tending to emergencies.
When a driver is on a highway with two or more lanes going in the same direction they must yield the right of way to stopped emergency vehicles by moving into an adjacent lane away from the emergency vehicle. If the driver cannot maneuver out of their current lane they must reduce their speed and proceed with caution.
It is important to note that drivers must also yield the right of way to emergency vehicles coming up behind them or approaching them. Drivers should safely move out of the way to allow the emergency vehicle to pass.
Drivers must also yield to vehicles that are part of a funeral procession being led by a a funeral escort vehicle or a military procession by led by a military escort.
Contact our Phoenix Car Accident Lawyers
At Phillips Law Group we believe that all drivers should follows and rules of the road and that those who break the law should be held responsible for their actions. If you or a loved has been injured in a failure to yield accident, the victim may be entitled to make a claim against the party at fault.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping accident injury victims get the compensation they deserve and we have been assisting clients throughout the state of Arizona for many years. Our base office is located in Phoenix, Arizona but we also proudly serve the following areas:
- Lake Havasu City
and the surrounding city neighborhoods. To find out how we can help you fight for your rights, call or text 1-800-706-3000 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your accident injuries with one of our knowledgeable car accident lawyers. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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