Numerous accidents involving multiple vehicles occur because of a driver’s failure to yield the right of way. Yield signs are commonly found at potentially dangerous locations, such as highway merge ramps and roundabouts. When accidents involving a yield sign occur, it is always the fault of the driver who failed to obey the sign. It is important for you to know when you are responsible for yielding right of way in order to avoid dangerous and costly accidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered loss of property in an accident caused by another driver’s failure to yield, you have the right to seek financial compensation. Contact the knowledgeable Wausau car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal rights in this situation.
Obeying All Traffic Signs
Traffic signs exist to direct the flow of traffic and to eliminate confusion about who possesses the right of way at any given intersection or point along the roadway. It is against the law to ignore or disobey traffic signs. Some of the most common (and commonly ignored) signs are:
The yield sign. This triangular sign warns a driver to stop to give other vehicles the right of way. If no other cars are near, the driver may proceed. Flashing yellow lights often accompany a yield sign and are to be treated as a yield sign when they are seen.
The red light. The driver must stop completely until the light turns green in order to give other drivers the right of way. Drivers frequently run red lights, resulting in many preventable accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year.
The stop sign. This octagonal sign orders the driver to make a complete stop, check for any oncoming traffic, and then proceed at the appropriate time. Unfortunately, four-way stops often confuse drivers or frustrate impatient drivers and accidents occur due to the failure to observe protocol.