Failure-to-yield is a common cause of car accidents in Boston and elsewhere. Yet these cases can be complicated by an accident scene that makes it unclear who is at fault. In some cases, the wrong person may even be charged. In all cases, consulting an experienced Boston personal injury law firm is the best course of action to protect your rights in the wake of a serious or fatal crash.
The Boston car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims and their families. We know about the pain, anger and frustration that often accompany an accident. And our experienced staff understands what it takes to thoroughly investigate your claim and build a case capable of winning the compensation you deserve for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
Top Causes of Car Accidents:
- Drunk Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Aggressive Driving
While any of the leading accident causes can result in a failure-to-yield accident, drunk driving, distracted driving and aggressive driving are the most common causes.
By thoroughly investigating the causes of your accident, an experienced Massachusetts personal injury law firm can often prove the underlying negligence that contributed to a failure-to-yield accident. These accidents are particularly dangerous because they often lead to broadside collisions at intersections. Motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians are also at significantly higher risk.
The most common types of failure-to-yield accidents in Massachusetts, include:
- Failure to yield when making a left turn.
- Failure to yield at traffic control device.
- Failure to yield at crosswalk.
- Failure to yield to bicyclist or pedestrian.
- Failure to yield to emergency vehicle.
- Failure to yield when merging.
- Failure to yield to flashing traffic lights.
- Failure to yield from parking lot or private drive.
In some cases, the at-fault party may deny liability; his or her attorney may also contest fault. And, as previously stated, the wrong party may even be accused of failing to yield the right away, and thereby causing the accident. In all accidents, it's a good idea to take photos of the scene and collect names of witnesses. This is particularly true when an accident involves failure-to-yield allegations. While most cases arise when the at-fault driver strikes the victim, a failure to yield case can actually result when the victim strikes the at-fault party. Insurance companies may try to take advantage of the confusion. And even trained law enforcement may not get it right at the scene.
Do not admit fault. And do not make any statements to opposing insurance companies. Do not accept payment for property damage or sign any paperwork. Your best bet in the wake of a serious accident is to accept medical treatment as needed, document what happened and who was involved to the best of your ability, and meet with an experienced accident attorney to discuss your case.
If your family is dealing with a Massachusetts car accident, contact the Boston personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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