Tampa Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
Failure to yield the right of way is a leading cause of accidents in Tampa. There were over 397,000 accidents in Florida in 2017, causing over 250,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths. Another 623 pedestrians and 113 cyclists died in car accidents as well. Motorists could have prevented many of these deaths by properly yielding the right of way to those with whom they share the road. Each of these injury accidents results in potentially thousands of dollars in medical expenses, weeks or months of missed work and lost wages, and expensive repairs.
The Bulluck Law Group is the Tampa failure-to-yield accident lawyer who aggressively pursues compensation for accident victims. For over a decade, the Bulluck Law Group has stood up to intimidating insurance companies to prevent our clients from accepting settlements that fail to fairly compensate clients for their injuries. Our commitment and experience benefits clients in need of a failure-to-yield accident lawyer.
Florida Law Defines Failure to Yield
Florida law governs Tampa roadways by laying out who has the right of way in any situation. These laws define lanes of traffic, stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, and all the other rules of the road that make driving an orderly and safe activity rather than a dangerous chaotic mess. Florida law regulates yielding the right of way to others; it is the reasonable thing to do to avoid accidents and injury. Failure to yield the right of way properly is one of the most commonly cited reasons for an accident.
Who Must Yield the Right of Way in Tampa?
All drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists who use the roads must abide by right-of-way rules of the road. Drivers especially must be conscious of those they share the road with and yield properly to avoid serious accidents.
Here are some common situations where a driver must yield the right of way:
• When changing lanes, a driver must yield to vehicles already in that lane.
• At controlled intersections, drivers must yield to those who have the green light.
• At uncontrolled intersections, drivers must yield to pedestrians and to the vehicle on the right in order.
• Drivers exiting a private drive must yield to vehicles on the road.
• Drivers making a left turn must yield to oncoming traffic.
• Drivers must yield to a school bus that has lights flashing and the stop sign extended.
• Drivers must yield to emergency vehicles.
• Drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Florida law requires drivers to always yield the right of way to avoid a crash, even if they would otherwise have the right of way. Whenever possible, take any action necessary to avoid an accident, even if the other driver should have yielded to you.
Failure to Yield Results in Serious Injuries
Accidents resulting from a negligent failure to yield the right of way cause serious injuries for passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists impacted by the crash.
A blow to the head can cause a fracture to the bones of the skull, including broken jaw bones, eye sockets, and cheek bones. More seriously, head trauma can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can range from a mild concussion to severe brain damage. Symptoms may include headaches, difficulty with memory and concentration, problems with motor control, and changes in personality and behavior.
Neck and Back Injuries
Some of the most common injuries from a failure to yield accident are neck and back injuries. The inertia of the head can cause strain in the soft tissues and ligaments surrounding the neck. In minor cases, this may cause pain and stiffness, but more serious cases could result in damage to the spine. Back injuries result in pain, difficulty moving, and an inability to perform basic functions at work. More serious cases could result in paralysis.
The crushing impact of a car crash can break ribs and damage vulnerable internal organs. Damage to the kidneys, lungs, or heart can result in dangerous internal bleeding and risk of death to those suffering these injuries.
Often the impact of a car accident causes injuries to the feet, legs, arms, and hands. Fractured bones require weeks of healing before the victim can regain their full use. Damage to the ligaments and cartilage of the knee may require surgical repair and long recovery times. Ankles, wrists, and elbows may suffer sprains that are painful and require time to heal.
Mental and Emotional Damage
Victims of car accidents, especially ones involving serious injuries, often suffer from serious mental and emotional pain. Nightmares, difficulty sleeping, even depression can result from the serious trauma that accident victims endure. While these injuries are less obvious, their effects are often debilitating for victims and require treatment and time to heal every bit as much as physical injuries.
Compensation for Failure to Yield Accidents
Car accidents are expensive. Florida law provides for accident victims to seek compensation for their injuries from the driver whose negligence caused the accident. While Florida’s insurance laws require every driver to carry liability car insurance, in many cases, your insurance policy may not be enough to cover the full extent of the costs incurred due to your accident. In many cases, you may seek compensation from the negligent driver for damages beyond what your insurance covers.
Medical expenses often run into the thousands and tens of thousands of dollars, especially for victims of serious injuries. Florida law entitles you to seek compensation for doctor bills, hospital expenses, the cost of prescription medication, and other medical expenses related to your injury.
During your recovery, you may miss weeks of work, during which time you are not receiving your regular wages. You may seek compensation for lost wages due to missed time at work as well as wages lost due to any diminished earning capacity resulting from your injury.
Injury victims suffer a great deal of pain after an accident. Florida law entitles you to seek compensation for the pain and suffering you endure due to your accident. While no amount of money can make up for your pain, you are entitled to compensation from the driver who failed to yield.
What to Do After an Accident
The steps you take immediately after an accident can help ensure you receive all the compensation you are entitled to receive. Always call the police after an accident to have them create a police report. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver but try to keep conversation to a minimum and avoid speculating on the cause or fault of the crash. Even if you feel your injuries are minor, seek medical treatment to document those injuries and ensure they are not more serious than you believe. Take pictures of the accident scene, including both vehicles and your injuries. Try to get contact information from any witnesses to the accident whose testimony could help establish your case.
Talk to a Tampa Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
The Bulluck Law Group has been recognized by TopVerdict.com, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Super Lawyers as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. Our philosophy of putting the client first means our attorneys spend more time in preparation, are more aggressive with insurance companies, and are more willing to take your case to trial if necessary. You will be part of the process at every step, as our attorneys help guide you through this process and ensure you are always kept informed. Call the Bulluck Law Group today to schedule a free consultation. Our no recovery no-fee promise guarantees that you pay no attorney’s fees unless we can win a settlement or verdict in your favor.