Failure To Yield The Right Of Way Can Give Rise To A Personal Injury Case
Right-of-way laws exist for a reason. These laws are critical in controlling traffic and preventing accidents, especially at intersections. As a road user, it is crucial that you avoid relying solely on traffic signs or signals. If there are no traffic signals or signs, what do you do? You need to understand Kentucky’s right-of-way laws. These laws are there to protect you and others. Unfortunately, the failure to yield the right of way can result in serious accidents.
As a road user, if you get into an accident because another road user failed to yield the right of way, you have legal rights. You may be eligible to obtain compensation from the party that failed to yield the right of way.
Below is more about yielding the right of way in Kentucky.
What Does It Mean To Yield the Right of Way?
Right of way can be defined as the permission to proceed across a roadway. Therefore, yielding the right of way can be defined as the act of allowing another road user to proceed first to move across a roadway as you wait your turn. The following is what Kentucky law says about yielding the right of law;
- When two vehicles are approaching or entering an intersection from different sides, the vehicle to the left is required to yield the right of way unless the intersection is modified by signs, traffic lights, or traffic cops.
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Pedestrians must yield the right of way when crossing the roadway at a point other than at a crosswalk.
- Drivers must yield the right of way to blind pedestrians whether they are crossing the road on a crosswalk or not.
- Drivers must yield the right of way to other vulnerable road users, such as utility trucks, construction vehicles, and tow trucks, when they are parked on the highway with their lights flashing.
- A driver entering a roundabout must yield the right of way to drivers already in the roundabout.
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning a corner if the pedestrian is crossing with the light.
- A driver turning left must yield the right of way to drivers proceeding straight or turning right.
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians walking on the sidewalk.
The above is not an exhaustive list of all the rules. There are a lot more rules you need to know about.
What If Someone Fails To Yield the Right of Way and Injures You?
Firstly, anyone who fails to yield the right of way can be fined. Secondly, if you were seriously injured in an accident because of a person who failed to yield the right of way, that person may be held liable for your injuries and damages because failing to yield the right of way constitutes negligence. Because right-of-way laws can be complex, it would be best to retain a skilled attorney if you were injured in an accident because of a person that failed to yield the right of way.
Contact a London Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve sustained serious injuries in a Kentucky accident because of someone who failed to yield the right of way, please contact our London personal injury attorneys at Cessna & George Law Firm. We can help you hold an at-fault party liable and recover the compensation you deserve.