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Failure to yield and car accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Failure to yield is a common cause of traffic accidents. Sadly, these incidents can lead to serious consequences for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

It is important for drivers to understand what failure to yield means and how it contributes to traffic accidents.

What is failure to yield?

Failure to yield occurs when a driver does not give the right of way to another vehicle or pedestrian as required by traffic laws. This can happen at intersections, crosswalks, merging lanes or when making turns. When a driver fails to yield, it can result in a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, leading to injuries, property damage and even fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 41,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents during 2020.

One of the most common scenarios of failure to yield is at intersections. For example, if a driver runs a red light or fails to stop at a stop sign, they are not yielding the right of way to vehicles that have the green light or the right of way. This can result in a dangerous T-bone collision or a side-impact crash. Failure to yield can also occur when merging onto a highway or changing lanes. If a driver does not properly yield to oncoming traffic or check their blind spots before changing lanes, it can lead to a collision with another vehicle.

How can drivers avoid accidents?

This type of accident is often preventable by practicing defensive driving techniques and being aware of other vehicles on the road. To avoid accidents, drivers should always be attentive, follow traffic laws and stay ready to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians when necessary. This includes slowing down at intersections, yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and being cautious when merging or changing lanes.

Remember, yielding the right of way is not just a traffic rule, but a critical aspect of responsible and safe driving.