The Laredo news station KGNS.TV reports that multiple people were hospitalized for minor injuries after a five car accident. Laredo Police told the reporters that the accident was initially caused by one driver’s failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. One of the vehicles in the accident actually went through the wall of a local restaurant, and caused a minor injury to a customer. It is very fortunate that all of the injuries appear to be relatively minor. The failure to properly yield is negligence. It is also one of the most frequent causes of Texas car accidents. If you have been injured by another driver’s failure to yield, you should speak to an experienced Laredo car accident attorney as soon as possible.
The Right of Way in Texas
The ‘right of way’ is a very important concept in Texas car accident legal claims. The right of way is a legal right that gives a vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist, or any other entity, the priority to proceed before others in a given situation. A failure to yield accident refers to accidents when one driver ignores another party’s right of way. Failing to properly yield creates potentially dangerous conditions, and it is negligent driving under Texas law. Some common examples include:
- Ignoring a red light or stop sign;
- Making a left turn before it is safe and the road is clear;
- Making a right turn when people are crossing the street; and
- Merging into an occupied lane.
Determining Fault in a Failure to Yield Accident
Unfortunately, some drivers attempt to deny fault even when they know that they were responsible for the accident. The driver that failed to properly yield is at fault for the accident, and therefore will be held liable for the accident under Texas law. But, many victims worry that they will get unfairly shafted with the blame after accident. This is where an experienced car accident attorney can help. If fault becomes an issue in your car accident claim, you need to hire an attorney immediately. Your attorney will protect from undue blame, and will make sure that you get the full compensation that you deserve. One of the keys to failure to yield accidents is early investigation. Witness statements and police accident reports are often vital. You will need to establish that you truly had the right of way, and that the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligent failure to yield.
Contact An Experienced Laredo Car Accident Attorney
There is a lot to deal with after a car accident. All too often injured victims are completely surprised by another driver suddenly denying any fault for the accident. Determining fault for an accident is a critical part of determining fair compensation. You cannot allow yourself to be stuck with an unfair percentage of the blame. The experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos can help. We have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of car accident victims. If you have been involved in an accident caused by another driver’s failure to yield, please contact our office today. Initial legal consultations are free of charge.