The rules of the road in Illinois stipulate a host of situations in which a motorist is required to yield the right of way to someone else, be it another driver, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian. These rules can be somewhat complex, however, and many accidents lead to disputes over who actually had the right of way. The outcome of such a dispute can have major financial implications for the drivers involved. If you were involved in a failure to yield accident, an attorney can fight for your rights and for a fair resolution.At the Kryder Law Group, LLC, a Joliet failure to yield accident lawyer can help you take on the other driver as well as the insurance company. We will build a claim on your behalf. If the other driver’s failure to yield the right of way caused you to suffer bodily injury or property damage, we will work to compel them and their insurer to pay you a fair settlement. We never collect a fee until you get paid.For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call the Kryder Law Group, LLC, today at (312) 223-1700.
Potentially Recoverable Compensation for a Failure to Yield Accident in Joliet, IL
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, will fight fair compensation. As a victim of a failure to yield accident in Joliet, IL, you may be eligible to recover the following forms of compensation and more:
The driver who caused your injuries should pay not just for the medical expenses you have already incurred at the time of the settlement, but also for those we reasonably anticipate you will face in the future.
If your car accident injuries have forced you to miss work on a short-term or long-term basis, our Joliet failure to yield accident lawyers can help you make up the income you have lost with compensation from the at-fault party and their insurance company.
Reduced Earning Capacity
A severe injury from a car accident can reduce your earning capacity, even after you are cleared to return to work. If you cannot physically or mentally perform your job at the level you did before, this loss may be reflected in your paycheck. We make sure the other driver compensates you for this loss of income.
Pain and Suffering
You may also be entitled to compensation for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. While the physical and emotional pain you have suffered cannot be qualified in dollar terms, legal precedent instituted by the City of Chicago v. McLean, 133 Ill. 148, 153, 24 N.E.527, 528 (1890), according to Illinois Circuit Court Civil Jury Instructions on damages, enables you to seek compensation for it from the other driver.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
If your injury prevents you from partaking in hobbies or activities you previously enjoyed, the at-fault party and their insurer may have a financial obligation to compensate you for this loss of enjoyment of life.
To learn more about how the Kryder Law Group, LLC, can help you pursue these damages and more after a Joliet failure to yield accident, call us for a free consultation at (312) 223-1700.
Situations Where Drivers Should Yield to Other Vehicles
A failure to yield accident happens when two vehicles collide because one driver does not yield the right of way to the other. In the following situations, a driver may have a legal obligation to yield to other vehicles:
Traffic Signs and Lights
Any accident that occurs at an intersection controlled by a traffic light, stop sign, or yield sign likely involves a driver failing to yield.
Pedestrians in Crosswalks
Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, no matter what. If you were crossing the street on foot when you were struck by a vehicle, the driver may be guilty of failure to yield.
Four-Way Stop Signs
At a four-way stop sign, the car that comes to a complete stop first has the right to proceed through the intersection first. If two vehicles stop at the same time, the car to the right has the right of way.
Defenses the Other Driver Might Use
When we file a claim against the other driver and their insurance company for failure to yield, there is a good chance they will push back in an effort to avoid liability. Here are a few of the defenses they might use—our team is prepared to counter all of them:
They, not you, actually had the right of way
They were impaired by a lack of visibility, perhaps due to bad weather or poor lighting
You were speeding to such a degree that they did not have time to yield to you
The road signage setting the right of way was ambiguous
Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations That May Affect Your Case
The statute of limitations on most car accident lawsuits in Illinois is two years for cases involving bodily injury (under 735 ILCS 5/13-202) and five years for cases involving property damage (under 735 ILCS 5/13-205). A Joliet failure to yield accident lawyer can work with you to determine how these statutes of limitations could pertain to your case.
Call for a Free Failure to Yield Accident Consultation
Receive a free Joliet failure to yield accident case evaluation today by calling the Kryder Law Group, LLC, at (312) 223-1700. We are ready to help you in any way we can. Reach out to the team today by calling our number. A team member can talk to you about your accident and your circumstances.