Failure to Yield Accidents
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"Failure to yield" describes a number of different traffic violations in the Nevada traffic code. Failure to yield can be in reference to running a stop sign, failing to stop for a pedestrian, failing to yield while backing up, etc. This is a common cause of auto accidents. If you were hit by a driver who failed to yield the right of way to you, consider involving a Reno car accident attorney from our firm. We may be able to help you seek justice and fair compensation for your injuries.
Nevada is a tort state when it comes to auto accidents, rather than states that are classified as no-fault. In tort states, a driver involved in a car accident will report the accident to their insurance company, but can expect to receive compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance company. In contrast, no-fault states allow each driver to collect compensation from their own insurance company - regardless of fault.
If the cause of your car accident was a failure to yield the right of way, you may be able to collect compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance policy, provided that they are insured. Carrying auto insurance in Nevada is a requirement, and yet an estimated one out of every seven drivers on the road are not insured. Some drivers are insured, but their coverage is not adequate to cover the accident-related expenses. If a driver failed to yield the right of way to you but they do not have the necessary insurance, you could file a UM/UIM claim to recover compensation.
Failure to Yield Accident Statistics
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT), the top three factors by severity of crash in fatal crashes were 1) failure to keep the proper lane, 2) failure to yield and 3) traveling too fast for conditions. The top three factors by severity of crash in injury crashes were 1) failure to yield, 2) improper driving and 3) following too close.
Statistics from 2010 indicate that, where failure to yield the right of way was a factor, there were more than 3,000 injury crashes and about 20 fatal crashes. Failure to yield is the single most frequent cause of injury crashes in the state of Nevada. These types of accidents not only cause serious injuries, but they are often the cause of traffic fatalities.
Choosing Our Reno Car Accident Lawyers
Our Reno car accident lawyers at Shook & Stone are prepared to fight for your right to compensation if you were hit by a driver who violated one of Nevada's "failure to yield" statutes such as:
- Failure to yield right-of-way to a procession or parade
- Failure to yield while backing
- Failure to yield right-of-way to a cyclist or pedestrian
- Failure to yield at an unsigned intersection
- Failure to yield right-of-way at a yield sign, stop sign or private driveway
- Failure to yield right-of-way to an emergency vehicle
- Failure to yield right-of-way when turning, to oncoming traffic
While at-fault drivers will likely be issued traffic citations for these offenses, you as the victim are entitled to compensation from their insurance company to cover your medical and property damage costs. You may also be entitled to additional compensation that our law firm could fight for by way of a lawsuit. To learn more about your Reno or Carson City auto accident and how we can help, contact a car accident lawyer from Shook & Stone to receive a free evaluation of your case.