Ignoring the right of way, unsafe lane changes, and improper turns are all common factors in Barrie failure to yield car accidents. Drivers are required to execute a lane change or turn only when they can do so safely and in compliance with the law. They are required to use their signals, check over their shoulders, and drive at proper speeds.
When a motorist fails to yield the right of way to another driver, a car accident is likely to occur. If you were injured by another driver’s negligence, let one of our skilled car accident lawyers explain your options for obtaining compensation.
When one driver has established themselves in the lane in accordance with the law and without a traffic control, such as at a stop sign or a stop light, travels in accordance with the speed limits and the rules of Highway Traffic Act, they have the right of way. The law requires that drivers only commence turns if they can do so safely and complete a turn before their traffic light turns red. Ontario law mandates that people engage in driving activities only in a manner that is safe and proper; otherwise, they will be operating in a manner that violates legislation.
Failure to yield accident cases in Barrie are often especially difficult in terms of identifying fault. Even charging someone under the Highway Traffic Act might not end the civil analysis because of the issue of contributory negligence. One driver properly turning in front of another does not relieve them of their obligation to take reasonable steps to avoid a collision. In cases where the defendant alleges contributory negligence, officials and lawyers can look into whether either party was speeding, texting, using their cellphone, or drinking at the time of the collision in order to identify fault.
An engineer may also be summoned to address perception response time. Perception response time is the time it takes for one driver to perceive that another driver has turned in front of them and react by either slamming on the breaks or veering to the left or right to bring their vehicle out of collision risk with the other. They can do this by analyzing whether either party had an opportunity to avoid the accident, the point of impact, and how difficult it might have been to get out of the way.
Road signs such as yield signs, merge signs, or lane ending signs often play an important role in Barrie failure to yield collisions. Traffic signs are typically present, and many such cases occur in areas where roads are expanding, or lanes are being eliminated with multiple drivers trying to turn.
Lawyers can investigate failure to yield cases and determine who is at fault by obtaining black box data, taking pictures of both vehicles and the road as soon as possible, and looking for things like skid marks to get a sense of how wide the lane is. Our experienced trial lawyers might also look for any evidence on the ground, such as debris, obtain a TTCI report from law enforcement, or even bring in an engineer. If you were harmed in a recent Barrie failure to yield car accident and need help understanding what to do next, get in touch with our skilled team today.