A woman was killed in a crash near Airway Heights in December. The driver was turning out of Spoko Fuel and heading west on State Route 2 when she failed to yield. The woman was then struck on the driver's side by a vehicle that was traveling westbound. The accident led to the closure of the westbound lanes of State Route 2.
Right-of-way regulations exist to make sure that drivers fully yield to others on the roadways and stay safe. People who know and follow right of way rules are often able to better anticipate dangerous traffic conditions. Unfortunately, failing to yield to another driver is one of the most common causes of car accidents.
What it Means to Fail to Yield
A person who has the right of way is said to have the right to proceed before another vehicle. Motorists and pedestrians yield to others who have the right of way at locations like four-way stops, intersections, left-hand turn lanes, and stop signs. Failure to yield occurs when a driver does not allow another vehicle with the right of way to proceed. When drivers or pedestrians fail to adequately concede the right of way, accidents are likely to occur. If a motorist fails to yield to a driver with the right of the way, the driver should do everything possible to avoid a collision.
The Aftermath of Failure to Yield Accidents
Failure to yield accidents often have devastating results; they can leave accident victims facing substantial medical costs as well as loss of income, emotional damages, and reduced quality of life. Some of the most common injuries that result from failure to yield crashes include broken bones, lacerations, and spinal injuries.
How to Reduce the Risk of Failure to Yield Accidents
Careful and defensive driving can help you avoid failure to yield accidents. Some of the best ways to avoid failure to yield accidents include:
- By slowing down, you will have more time to react to someone who fails to yield
- By always checking intersections before passing through them, you can make sure that you do not end up in a crash with a motorist who fails to allow you the right of way
- Motorists should remain aware of the vehicles around them on the road at all times. By always staying alert to other drivers, you are more likely to spot ones that are driving dangerously
- Under no circumstances should you ever run red lights, particularly if another driver is attempting to turn left to make his or her way through an intersection before the light switches to red
- Avoid all possible distractions while driving
Speak With a Compassionate Spokane Personal Injury Lawyer
Due to the force and angle of the vehicles involved, failure to yield accidents often cause devastating injuries and property damage. If you or a loved one is involved in a failure to yield crash, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office for a free case evaluation, and an attorney can review your available options to pursue compensation.