Oregon Failure to Yield Accidents
Oregon has created various state laws intended to make our roads safer for all. Unfortunately, these laws, as outlined in the state’s Rules of the Road for Drivers, are not always followed. It is the driver’s responsibility to maintain safety and avoid a crash, but drivers do not always yield the right of way when they are supposed to. When this happens, severe or even fatal accidents can occur.
Drivers can sometimes be unsure of the right move at an intersection, especially if they are forced into making a quick decision. However, drivers must remain cool, calm, and collected for the safety of those around them and ensure that they are abiding by the rules of the road. If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a driver who failed to yield, the personal injury attorneys with Rizk Law may be able to help you recover compensation for the harm they have caused you.
Oregon State Laws Regarding a Failure to Yield the Right of Way
Accidents caused by a failure to yield the right-of-way can be devastating, but these types of crashes are entirely preventable. Oregon Vehicle Code, Chapter 811 outlines the state’s laws regarding failure to yield. It states that drivers must yield the right of way at uncontrolled intersections, within a roundabout, and to:
- Bicyclists on a sidewalk or in a bicycle lane
- Emergency vehicles or ambulances
- Funeral processions
- Highway workers
- Pedestrians on a sidewalk
- Traffic patrol members
- Transit buses
It should also be noted that the first driver who stops at an intersection has the right-of-way. Should two vehicles enter an intersection simultaneously, the driver on the left is required to yield to the driver on the right. Any driver who fails to abide by these laws could be found negligent in a personal injury claim if they cause an accident that results in injury.
What Damages Can be Recovered from an Oregon Failure to Yield Accident?
Drivers have a duty of care for the safety of the other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians utilizing Oregon roads. Any driver who fails to meet this duty of care could be held responsible for damages incurred by victims if they cause an accident.
Damages that could be recoverable in a failure to yield accident in Oregon include:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Emotional distress
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Motor vehicle repairs
- Past and future medical expenses
- Property damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Reduced earning capacity
- Rental car costs
Drivers who fail to stop for a pedestrian are even more likely to cause a severe or fatal accident, racking up the expenses and emotional toll for victims and their families.
Recover Compensation for Injuries Obtained in a Failure to Yield Accident in Oregon
When another driver disregards the safety of you and others on the road, you have the opportunity to hold them accountable for their actions. If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed in a failure to yield crash, the experienced Oregon personal injury lawyers with Rizk Law can help make things right. Our top priority is to offer dependable and honest legal advice to every client.
To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your failure to yield accident case, call us today at (503) 245-5677 or send us a completed contact form to request more information. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you may have about your case. Our attorneys are flexible and offer both virtual and face-to-face legal assistance.