The Maine car accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey know the difficult decisions that clients face following a serious accident. They understand how limited mobility, lost wages, and mounting medical bills can be overwhelming. In an era of constant distractions, motorists can easily lose focus while driving and fail to follow the rules of the road, including right-of-way. Failure-to-yield accidents can occur at city intersections, on highways, and at rural four-way-stops where someone does not allow the other driver the right-of-way. Damage may be limited to property alone, but these accidents often result in serious physical injury ranging from broken bones to severe head trauma.Drivers Must Yield the Right of Way to Others
The guiding Maine statute addressing this issue says that a driver commits a traffic violation if they go past a yield sign or fail to allow the right-of-way to the vehicle or pedestrian moving forward on the intersecting road. A collision with a person or other vehicle can even result in a criminal offense. Pedestrians are allowed to cross with traffic with either a green signal or walk sign, and can finish crossing if the light turns to yellow or “do not walk,” but are not supposed to walk if “do not walk” begins to flash before they cross or if a red signal is present. Drivers, however, are responsible for stopping and observing pedestrians, regardless of the traffic signal. Stops must be made by drivers of motor vehicles before moving across an intersection where there is a traffic control device, at signs painted on the road or on a signpost, or when there is no type of marking at all.Establishing Fault Requires Extensive Investigation
In Maine, motorists are required to drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Traffic accidents often lead to a police investigation, but a police investigation may not provide enough information to show who was at fault, or the extent of a driver or pedestrian’s negligence. Details can be lost or forgotten as time passes. Therefore, preserving evidence on your own or through one of our investigators by taking photographs or obtaining names of witnesses can be especially helpful later on to provide a clear record of what happened during the accident. Recovering damages, or monies for things like lost wages and medical bills, hinges on the ability to show that the other party was at fault by not following their duty to be safe on the roads as a pedestrian or driver. If the other party’s negligence caused the injuries you or a loved one sustained, then they can be held liable for those expenses.Knowledgeable Advocates for Maine Accident Victims
The experienced Maine personal injury lawyers in Briggs & Wholey have investigated and litigated car accident cases for nearly 30 years. They want to help you in your time of need, and fight for the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a failure-to-yield car accident, contact Briggs & Wholey. Our attorneys and staff are available to work on your case, no matter which part of Maine you are from. For a free, confidential consultation, call us at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.