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Davidson County Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer

All motor vehicle drivers should be aware of various signals that indicate when it is appropriate to slow down for other drivers. When a driver fails to yield to another vehicle, serious injuries and even fatalities often occur. If you or a loved one were involved in a failure to yield accident, consider obtaining the services of a Davidson County failure to yield lawyer to help you in the aftermath. A capable car accident attorney could advocate for you.

Situations Where Drivers Should Yield the Right of Way

There are several common situations where motor vehicle operators should yield the right of way: 

  • For children and crossing guards in school zones
  • For moving vehicles before backing out of a parking zone
  • For pedestrians who are crossing at corners or other crosswalks
  • For traffic when merging from a parked position
  • When they arrive at four-way intersections
  • When other drivers have a green light at an intersection
  • When a vehicle to their right is arriving at an intersection
  • Potential Penalties for Failure to Yield Charges

    A failure to yield that results in serious bodily injury is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted on this charge, a defendant may face a sentence of court costs, fines of up to $500, a probationary period, revocation of their driver’s license for up to six months, and up to six months in prison.

    A failure to yield charge that results in a fatality is classified as a Class A misdemeanor that can result in court costs, fines of up to $2,500, a probationary period, revocation of a person’s driver’s license for one year, and a maximum of 11 months and 29 days in prison.

    Common Defenses to a Failure to Yield Charge

    There are some common defenses that individuals can raise in response to a failure to yield charge. If liability for the accident is in question, defendants in a failure-to-yield case may argue that they had the right of way before the accident occurred, and therefore were not responsible for yielding. Poor visibility can also affect a motor vehicle operator’s capacity to know when to yield.

    If a defendant can establish that another driver was speeding or driving recklessly and cut off the person’s vehicle, they may be able to avoid liability for a failure-to-yield accident. To establish that another driver was reckless, it is often important to interview witnesses who saw the incident occur.

    In certain circumstances, the person charged with failing to yield actually had the right of way, and the law enforcement officer who issued the citation made a mistake. In the same vein, a skilled Davidson County failure to yield lawyer may be able to argue that the prosecution failed to present enough information to prove a failure to yield. To make this determination, witnesses may be interviewed to construct a more accurate picture of what happened.

    How a Davidson County Failure to Yield Attorney Can Help

    After a failure to yield accident, it is a wise idea to contact a Davidson County failure to yield lawyer. An experienced attorney could analyze your case and determine the best ways to proceed while navigating the many obstacles that can arise in a failure to yield case. Call today to get started on your case.

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