Not only is Peninsula High School mourning the death of a student fatally hit by a motorist in a pedestrian accident, but another student died over the weekend in a car accident. The 17-year-old boy was a passenger in a small car that failed to yield the right of way and collided with a Ford pickup truck near the Pierce/Kitsap County line.
The Honda Civic was no match for the larger pickup truck. Both drivers were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital, but the teen passenger in the smaller vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Right-of-Way Rules Prevent Auto Accidents
Failure to yield the right-of-way is the second most frequent cause of fatal accidents. Auto accidents don’t just happen, but are usually the result of someone ignoring or being unaware of the major rules of the road. Knowing when you have the right-of-way is not as important as knowing when you do NOT have it. Assuming an over-confident attitude behind the wheel can be costly, and sometimes, even deadly. Common courtesy still goes a long way and, no doubt, saves lives on the road.
The Right of Way rule is probably one of the most misunderstood rules of driving. It refers to the motorist’s right to navigate an intersection ahead of another vehicle. Right-of-way rules were designed to keep everyone safe and to avoid mass confusion. Simply stated, it is the order for vehicles, traveling on roads and highways, to cross and intersect each other.
Even experienced drivers need some reminders for how the Right-of-Way works. For instance, when entering a highway, remember that vehicles already traveling the freeway have the right-of-way. At four-way stops, the first to come to the stop line should be given the right-of-way. Those who “cut” or speed up to skirt ahead of traffic to be “first” are violating this important rule of the road.
Failure to Yield the Right of Way Results in Auto Accidents
Many Failure to Yield the Right of Way auto accidents can be attributed to distracted driving, but there are a number of other consequential reasons that can end up in devastating mash-ups. Inexperience or ignorance to the rules of the road may seem likelier in younger drivers, while a lack of perceived distance or timing between vehicles can be an issue for older drivers. Either way, the results can be unfortunate.
Auto Accident Victims Need an Auto Accident & Personal Injury Attorney
Regardless of the cause, victims of Failure to Yield the Right of Way auto accidents need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for them. Insurance companies will do everything in their power to limit their liability and will try to pay as little as possible on claims.
Remember, if you’re offered a settlement by an insurance company, your claim is likely worth considerably more than what’s on the table. An experienced attorney, like the team at Fielding Law Group, will look out for your best interests personally and financially, to ensure that you are compensated for the pain and suffering caused by the wreck.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a fatal loss, contact Fielding Law Group today for a free consultation. Don’t let a Right-of-Way accident wreck You!
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