Call the Noll Law Office If You Have Been Injured in a Yield Sign Car Accident in Springfield, Illinois
A motor vehicle accident could occur on nearly any type of part of a roadway, from parking lots to on-ramps, to curbs and even straight stretches. However, intersections tend to be the most dangerous sections of road, which makes sense because motorists are driving across the right-of-way of other motorists. Statistics reveal that each year in the United States there are over 10,600 traffic deaths involving intersections. There are many different types of traffic control devices available to make intersections safer, including red lights and stop signs. However, yield signs are also very common and important. They appear at traffic circles, on-ramps/off-ramps, less busy intersections, local roads, and other parts of roads where a traffic light or stop sign wouldn’t work. Even at stop signs or red lights, drivers must yield to other vehicles before starting again. The failure to do so contributes to almost 7% of all traffic accidents. Victims injured in a yield sign car accident in Springfield may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
Here at the Noll Law Office, the experienced car accident lawyers in Springfield can help victims and their families recover that compensation. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages related to a yield sign car accident. They offer FREE consultations and case evaluations, allowing victims and their families to learn more about their rights before signing up and hiring a lawyer. The Noll Law Office also pays the upfront costs of litigation and only gets reimbursed for those expenses and paid their legal bills after a recovery is made in your favor. To learn more about how the Noll Law Office can help you after any type of intersection car accident, including a yield sign car accident in Springfield, call their bodily injury law firm today at (217) 414-8889.
Illinois Law and Yield Sign Car Accidents
After a motor vehicle accident, victims will need to establish liability or fault against the defendant. There are two ways to do that in a yield sign car accident in Springfield. The first is through the statutory law, which is made by the formal rule-making process of the Illinois Legislature.
Under the statutory law, a driver’s conduct at a yield sign is governed by 625 ILCS 5/11-1204, which provides that all motorists approaching a yield sign must yield to the right-of-way of other vehicles and, where safety requires it, stop before entering the intersection. A driver who does not yield to other vehicles and causes a motor vehicle accident is likely to have violated this statute. Under the doctrine of negligence per se, a defendant who violates a statute that causes a harm to a person protected by the statute may be automatically liable for the accident. This doctrine is important because it allows a victim to establish negligence quickly and just need to focus on causation and damages.
In addition to the legislatively-made law, there is also the common law. This is law that has been made through judicial decision-making processes, including evolving to reflect public sentiment in a flexible approach. Under the common law, all motorists must exercise reasonable care in the use or operation of their motor vehicle, avoiding reckless or careless conduct that could result in foreseeable harm to others. A driver who runs a yield sign or who does not properly yield to the right-of-way of another vehicle may be considered reckless or careless, and therefore also violating the common law.
Proving a Failure to Yield Car Accident in Illinois
Although it may be obvious as to who is at fault for a crash, unfortunately liability is often contested in intersection cases. That’s because most intersection cases are fact-dependent as to who had the right-of-way. Knowing this, defense lawyers and insurance adjusters will try to bully a victim into accepting an insufficient settlement amount. Even with a personal injury lawyer, some defense lawyers and adjusters will take advantage of inexperience, forcing a lawyer to accept a lowball deal.
That’s why victims and their families need an experienced car accident lawyer like one of those at the Noll Law Office. Their team understands the law and has the skills, resources, and ability necessary to fight back. Even on a difficult liability case involving an intersection, their team can help prove liability by:
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
- Locating and securing camera footage from doorbell cameras, spotlights, businesses, or other locations
- Collecting car or truck black box or ECM data
- Working with law enforcement to identify the cause of a crash
- Using experts to help reconstruct an accident and determine liability
- Hiring biomechanical engineers and other individuals to help prove injuries and point of impact, and
- Other methods or types of evidence to prove a yield sign car accident in Springfield.
Injured in a Car Accident in Springfield? Call the Noll Law Office Car Accident Lawyers in Illinois
Intersections are a common place for motor vehicle accidents, and yield sign intersections are some of the most common. Victims and their families who are injured by a defendant who runs a yield sign may be entitled to compensation. However, these types of cases can be very difficult to prove when it is he-said, she-said in terms of proving fault. That’s why victims need to hire an experienced car accident lawyer in Springfield like one of those at the Noll Law Office.
Their bodily injury law firm handles nearly all types of serious, catastrophic, or fatal personal injury accidents, especially motor vehicle accidents involving intersections like yield signs. They are fifth-generation lawyers who handle all cases on an individual basis, not applying any type of cookie-cutter approach. To learn more about how the Noll Law Office can help you, contact them today.