Failure to Yield Accidents
Failure to yield accidents, which are caused when one driver neglects to allow another driver to have the right of way, are one of the most common types of car accidents in Tennessee. Most of these crashes are avoidable, however, and are caused by the reckless or careless failure to abide by the laws regarding the safe operation of a vehicle. If you suffered harm or lost a loved one because of a failure to yield accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. Eric Beasley is a seasoned Nashville car accident attorney who helps parties injured in vehicle collisions in their pursuit of damages, and he will zealously seek a favorable outcome in your case. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he represents people in lawsuits arising out of failure to yield and other accidents throughout Middle Tennessee.Tennessee Drivers’ Duty to Yield
Tennessee has specific laws regarding when a driver is obligated to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. For example, drivers who are turning left must yield to oncoming traffic before completing their turns. Additionally, if a driver is entering an intersection, the driver is required to yield to other motorists who are already in the intersection. If two drivers are approaching an intersection at the same time, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right. Similarly, if a driver is entering a through highway, he or she is required to yield to other drivers who have entered the intersection via the through highway or who are close enough to make it hazardous to proceed.Recovering Damages After a Failure to Yield Accident
Failure to yield accidents frequently cause substantial injuries and property damage. When people harmed by failure to yield accidents file lawsuits to recoup the damages caused by the accident, they typically will allege that the driver that caused the accident was negligent. To recover damages under a theory of negligence, the injured party must establish that the defendant driver owed him or her a duty. In cases involving failure to yield accidents, the duty owed is the duty to yield the right of way and to operate the vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner under the circumstances.
The injured party must then show that the duty was breached and that the breach caused the accident and the injured party's harm. The injured party is not required to show that the breach was the only cause of the accident, however. Instead, he or she must prove that it was a substantial factor in bringing about the accident and that the accident would not have happened without the breach. In many instances in which a person pursues compensation following a failure to yield accident, the driver will argue that the injured party was at fault for the accident, and therefore, the injured party should not be permitted to recover damages. In Tennessee, unless the fault attributed to the injured party is equal to or greater than fifty percent, the injured party can still recoup compensation. If you were injured in a failure to yield accident, a seasoned car accident lawyer can help you assess what damages you may be able to recover.Damages You may be Owed
If the injured party successfully proves negligence, he or she may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include the cost of any medical treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, property damage, and if the injured party was unable to work, any lost earnings. Noneconomic damages are damages for the pain, suffering, and inconvenience caused by the accident. Additionally, if the injured party was married when the accident occurred, his or her spouse may be able to recover damages as well.Meet With a Skilled Car Accident Attorney in Nashville
If you sustained damages due to a failure to yield accident in Nashville, a dedicated car accident lawyer can assist you in determining what your potential claims may be. Eric Beasley’s office is located in Goodlettsville, and he frequently represents people in injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Nashville, as well as in Lebanon, Goodlettsville, Murfreesboro, and Hendersonville, and communities throughout Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties and Middle Tennessee. Mr. Beasley can be contacted through our online form or at (800) 431-2768 to schedule a confidential and free meeting.