Failure to Yield Accidents
Every driver has an obligation to yield to another vehicle or even a pedestrian who has a superior right of way. When a driver fails to yield, it may indicate that he or she did not make a proper stop at a stop sign, traffic signal, crosswalk, intersection, or other area and cut off another "favored" vehicle, bicyclist, or even a pedestrian, causing a collision. These accidents may happen at any speed, on a street or on a highway, causing serious accidents and devastating injuries. In some unfortunate cases, the victim's injuries can also be fatal. If you were injured in an accident as a result of another driver's failure to yield, you can bring a negligence action against him or her to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. At Rubin Guttman & Associates, our dedicated Cleveland car accident attorneys have handled numerous cases arising from failure to yield accidents on behalf of Ohio residents, and we are prepared to assist you.Understand Your Right to Compensation from a Careless Driver Who Fails to Yield
After a car accident, you will probably have many questions about how much compensation you are entitled to get from the other driver and the best way to go about protecting your rights. The first thing you should do is hire an experienced car accident attorney in Cleveland. You should never rely on the insurance company or what their representative tells you. Even your own insurance company is interested in saving it's own money, not in getting you what you deserve. We can help you investigate and explore your car accident failure to yield claim and prepare every case like it's going to go to trial, even though most cases settle.
You will have the burden of showing that the other driver was negligent, that she did not act with reasonable care and skill at the time of the crash, as a prudent and careful driver would have. This standard requires drivers to keep their eyes on the road, avoid distracted driving habits like texting or talking on the phone, maintain an adequate lookout and adjust their speed in the event of any road hazards or severe weather, even if it means driving below the speed limit. To be careful and prudent, drivers must obey any applicable traffic laws, including laws requiring motorists to yield the right-of-way to other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, or pedestrians who have a superior right of way.
In many failure to yield cases, the at-fault driver is either distracted or intoxicated, rendering them unable to notice signs or signals indicating that they needed to yield. In many other cases, the offending driver cuts off the superior driver's right of way by crossing a main street from a side street, cutting off the innocent driver's right to proceed in his direction of travel. As your attorneys, we can help prove that the other driver violated a traffic-related statute or municipal ordinance at the time of the crash, or failed to yield to your superior right of as evidence of the defendant's negligent conduct.
After establishing that the defendant drove negligently and failed to yield the right-of-way, you must prove that the failure to yield caused the accident and your injuries. If you are successful in establishing a causal link between the defendant's negligence and your injuries or your loved one's death, we will help you prove the amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive. This will entail submitting medical bills, paystubs and tax returns to prove your lost wages, and testimony from medical expert witnesses, economists and others regarding permanent injuries, and any future lost wages or costs associated with necessary future treatment of your injuries. As seasoned personal injury lawyers, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.Schedule a Consultation with a Diligent Personal Injury Lawyer in Cleveland
At Rubin Guttman & Associates, we understand what it takes to successfully investigate and litigate a personal injury claim. There are certain procedural aspects of your claim that must be considered and specific rules that you must follow in order to protect your right to compensation. Our injury lawyers are familiar with investigating all types of car accidents, ranging from failure to yield accidents and rear-end collisions to distracted driving accidents. Serving clients in Cleveland, Parma, Lakewood, Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Strongsville, Akron, Columbus, Chardon, Toledo, Youngstown, Ravenna, Lorain, and Mentor, we offer a free consultation to help you learn about your legal rights. Call us now at (888) 488-8529, (216) 696-4006, or contact us online.