Tupelo Failure to Yield Accidents
Traffic signs and laws exist to smoothly direct traffic and ensure the safety of others. Unfortunately, there are drivers who do not abide by these signs and laws, which can put the lives of others in jeopardy – especially if you are at a location such as the intersection of Highway 45 and South Eason Boulevard. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, the injuries you can receive from being hit in a car accident by a driver who failed to yield can be severe. These injuries may include disfigurement, broken bones, head trauma, and concussions. If someone failed to yield and injured you as a result, you should call the Tupelo car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free consultation. We have more than 30 years of experience representing injured victims and have recovered over $1.5 billion in damages for those victims. Let us show you why NST is the way to go!
Pursuing Damages for a Failure to Yield Accident
Since Mississippi law places the burden of proof on the injured victim when seeking damages for a claim, it is up to them to prove the four elements of negligence: duty, breach, direct and proximate causation, and damages. You, as the injured victim, must prove that the driver owed a duty to you, breached that duty by acting unreasonably, caused the accident that injured you, and lastly, you must prove that the accident caused your injuries. If you were driving straight through the intersection of West Main and Thomas Street while your light was green, for example, and a motorist coming from the opposite direction turned left and crashed into the left side of your car, an experienced car accident attorney could assert that the other driver owed you a duty to wait until a safe time to turn, breached that duty by failing to yield the right of way to you, caused the accident by breaching that duty, and inflicted injuries upon you due to their negligence.
Failure to yield occurs when a driver does not yield the right of way to another in accordance with the law. Another example of this is when a driver is approaching a yield sign at a roundabout and – instead of slowing down or possibly stopping to wait for a safe interval in which to merge – just immediately attempts to merge and collides with another driver. Failure to yield also applies to drivers failing to yield to pedestrians, emergency vehicles, and many situations across the board, but no matter what the variable, the results can always be potentially devastating for everyone involved.
The nature of the accident, amongst other factors, could affect the damages you may be able to recover. For example, if the failure to yield accident resulted in your legs being broken, you could seek compensatory damages to pay for things such as medical bills (both past and future), crutches, wheelchairs, vehicle ramps, and pain medication – not to mention lost wages. You could also seek general damages for non-monetary aspects, including pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. For the failure to yield accidents where the driver displayed wanton disregard, you could pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant and deter future reckless actions.
Talk with a Tupelo Attorney About Your Auto Accident
Someone simply failing to yield the right of way can have cataclysmic consequences for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. We understand the catastrophe a failure to yield accident can leave it its wake, so if you or a loved one has been injured in one, you should contact the Tupelo attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to arrange a free consultation.