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Failure to Yield Accident

When a driver fails to yield to another motorist or a pedestrian, who enjoys the right of way, this unsafe driving practice can cause many serious car accidents. The rules of the road determine who has the right of way. Every driver learns the rules of the road when they take driver’s education courses. Regrettably, many people forget — or ignore — those simple rules. This leads to carnage on our roadways. On average, nearly 2,000 deaths are caused annually by drivers who fail to yield at either a stop sign or stop light. Those figures do not take into account the number of fatalities caused by crashes when vehicles merge nor do they account for the number of people seriously injured in a crash when someone fails to yield. Kenneth J. Annis & Associates has over 40 years’ of experience fighting for victims of failure to yield car crashes.

Virginia state law explicitly spells out when a driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. At a two-way stop, the driver who has the stop sign must stop at the white line or before the crosswalk. The driver then must yield the right of way to traffic on the street traveling in either direction on the cross street. The right of way rules operate similarly at a yield sign at a two-way stop. The motorist approaching the yield sign must slow or stop before entering traffic. The motorist also must yield the right of way to motorists already on the adjacent roadway.

In Maryland, the determination of which driver must yield often is dictated by the direction of travel and relative position of the vehicles. The vehicle at an intersection has the right of way over any vehicle approaching from the left and must yield to a vehicle approaching from the right. At a “T” intersection, the vehicle at the end of the “T” must yield to the traffic approaching from either direction. A driver turning left from a roadway must yield to oncoming traffic. The vehicle making a “U-turn” must yield to traffic coming from every direction. On a through highway, the driver approaching on the through highway must yield to all others on the intersecting road. If a yield sign is posted at an intersection, then the driver must proceed with caution and stop if necessary to give the right of way to the motorists traveling on the road.

In Washington, DC, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has established a policy that drivers must follow the rules of the road relating to yielding the right of way unless doing so compromises public safety. The DMV policy favors a driver proceeding immediately into the intersection if the motorist is legally entitled to the right of way while other motorists are expected concede the right of way. These rules do not replace following posted traffic signals. Drivers also must yield the right of way to all other traffic when turning left. Not only must you yield the right of way to other vehicles, but you must yield to pedestrians. The same rule applies when exiting a minor roadway, such as a smaller street, driveway, or alley. The driver must stop and yield to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. A driver must also yield to pedestrians at a green light. Of course, all drivers must yield to emergency vehicles.

Kenneth J. Annis & Associates have forty years of experience fighting to recover damages for people injured through no fault of their own. If you have been injured by a driver who failed to yield the right of way to you in Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland, call Kenneth J. Annis & Associates at 202-785-2244 today to book an appointment for a free consultation.


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We serve the following localities: Washington DC; Baltimore; Anne Arundel County including Annapolis and Glen Burnie; Prince George's County including Upper Marlboro, Hyattsville, and Bowie; Carroll County including Westminster and Eldersburg; and Montgomery County including Rockville, Germantown, and Bethesda.