Drivers are taught that in certain situations they must yield the right of way to others on the road. We yield at stop signs and stop lights, at yield signs, and when making left turns.
A driver who fails to stop when expected to yield the right of way creates a dangerous conflict that often leads to a collision. At Sam & Ash, LLP, we have seen the harm that can result from a negligent driver’s failure to yield. We have helped thousands of injured people across Nevada get What’s Right, including the compensation they deserve, after failure-to-yield accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who failed to yield when required to do so, get the legal guidance you need from a trusted Las Vegas car accident lawyer at Sam & Ash, LLP.
We can review your accident case for free and investigate a potential claim at no out-of-pocket cost for you. You’ll only pay us if we recover money for you. Call or contact us online today for a no-obligation legal consultation. We are here 24/7 to answer your questions — because you deserve What’s Right.
What Is Failure To Yield in Nevada?
Nevada’s right-of-way laws spell out when a driver is required to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians.
Failure to yield involves not stopping or slowing and letting the other vehicle or person proceed. It can lead to a traffic ticket and a fine, or far worse, an accident that causes injury or death.
A driver in Nevada is required to yield right of way when:
- Approaching or entering an intersection. Drivers should yield to vehicles already in the intersection or to the vehicle to the right if arriving at the same time at a four-way stop. On a road that ends at an intersection, the driver on the road that ends should yield to the vehicle on the through highway.
- Turning left. Let vehicles coming from the other direction pass before turning left unless there is sufficient room to signal and cross safely in front of them.
- Entering an intersection marked with a stop or yield sign or traffic lights. Except when traffic is being controlled by a police officer.
- Entering a highway from a private driveway.
- Entering or exiting a controlled-access highway (on an exit or entrance ramp).
- An emergency response vehicle with flashing lights
- Encountering a bicycle, electric bicycle, or electric scooter on a bike path or lane provided for such vehicles, or as necessary to ensure the safety of bicycle or scooter riders.
- Encountering a pedestrian. Drivers are to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian and to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks.
- Encountering a person who is blind and on foot and using a service animal or carrying a cane or white walking stick or a white stick tipped with red when they enter or are on a highway, street, or road.
How Do Failure-To-Yield Accidents Happen?
It is easy to understand when and why a driver should yield the right of way to another driver, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian. When a failure-to-yield accident occurs, it is typically due to a driver’s failure to exercise the level of care that another driver would have used under similar circumstances. In some cases, failure to yield is an act of recklessness – a disregard for the safety of others.
Usually, negligence or recklessness in a failure-to-yield accident refers to:
- Failure to look ahead adequately and see the car, bicyclist, or pedestrian coming.
- Failure to judge intention or speed accurately, such as turning left in front of an oncoming vehicle and being hit.
- Improper passing, which leads to an obstructed view of the vehicle or person with the right of way.
Common Injuries in a Failure-To-Yield Accident
Accidents caused by a failure to yield typically occur at an intersection, where multiple streams of traffic converge and, therefore, rules for right of way must be understood and observed by those approaching the intersection.
The blunt-force trauma injuries we often see in accidents caused by failure to yield the right of way include:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic amputations
- Lacerations and bruising
- Sprains and strains
These types of injuries may require emergency care, surgery, hospitalization, and rehabilitation as part of a lengthy and costly recovery. Some accident victims have permanent disabilities.
When someone has been seriously injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, such as a failure-to-yield car or truck accident, the injured person may have a right to seek compensation for their medical bills and accident-related losses. At Sam & Ash, LLP, we’ll work to help you pursue full compensation.
Accidents commonly caused by a failure to yield include:
- T-bone or side-impact accidents. A T-bone accident happens when a vehicle runs headlong into the side of another, resulting in a T configuration. This also called a side-impact, right-angle, or broadside collision. T-bone accidents often occur because one vehicle has turned left in front of another moving straight through an intersection. Drivers and/or passengers in the car that is hit in the side can be badly injured because doors and side panels of vehicles offer less protection than the front or rear of a motor vehicle does.
- Sideswipes. In a sideswipe accident, the sides of two vehicles meet, often bouncing off each other after a slight “swipe” of an impact. Sideswipe accidents typically occur because a driver has attempted to change lanes without looking adequately and has failed to yield to a vehicle already occupying the lane. A sideswipe also may occur because one vehicle has drifted out of their lane due to distraction or impairment. Sideswipes can lead to secondary crashes if the initial impact drives a vehicle into a third car or causes a driver to lose control.
- Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are among the deadliest types of car accidents. A head-on collision may be caused by a driver failing to yield the right of way when crossing oncoming lanes of traffic.
- Pedestrian/cyclist accidents. When a motor vehicle hits a person, the individual on foot or a bicycle is likely to be injured badly. A pedestrian or cyclist will be injured in the initial impact of the crash and then again as they hit the ground. They may be run over or the vehicle may drag the injured pedestrian or cyclist along the pavement before stopping.
Damages You Can Recover After a Las Vegas Failure-To-Yield Accident
Nevada law provides that, if you have been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you have the right to seek fair compensation from the at-fault party. The experienced failure-to-yield accident lawyers at Sam & Ash, LLP can help you pursue the full compensation available in your case.
In general, victims of right-of-way accidents may seek payment, or damages, for:
- Past, current, and future medical costs related to injuries suffered or made worse by a crash
- Lost wages, including future losses due to diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
The amount of compensation available in a failure-to-yield claim will depend on the extent of your injuries and what impact they will have on your life moving forward. As your attorneys, we will calculate the full extent of your injuries and other losses in addition to gathering evidence of fault for the accident. We will compile a strong case to present to insurers along with your demands for fair compensation. If the insurer refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement, the attorneys at Sam & Ash, LLP will be ready to file a formal lawsuit on your behalf and fight for justice for you in court.
Talk to a Las Vegas Failure-To-Yield Attorney Today
Contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible after suffering a serious injury in a Las Vegas car accident caused by a driver’s failure to yield. At Sam & Ash, LLP, we have years of experience as Nevada car accident attorneys representing injured people who were in difficult situations just like you.
Call us today or contact us online for a free, no-obligation review of your accident and legal options. We will listen to you, discuss what compensation may be available, and help you evaluate your best options. We’ve stood up for What’s Right for many car accident victims and we’re here to help you too. Call us now.