Failure to Yield the Right of Way

Attorney Doug Goyen If looking for a Dallas failure to yield lawyer, Attorney Doug Goyen is an auto accident attorney in Dallas who has handled auto accident injury cases for over 23 years. Call (972) 599 4100. We will begin working on your case right away. Since 1997, attorney Doug Goyen has represented residents of the Dallas area who have suffered injuries in car accidents. For our clients, the Law Office of Doug Goyen has settled thousands of car accident cases for millions of dollars. We provide our clients with strong, experienced, and aggressive representation. You can rely on us to obtain the compensation you are entitled to for your case.

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Many drivers overlook the significance of yielding the right of way to others. In Texas, all drivers are required to yield the right of way when the law requires it. Failure to follow this simple rule of the road is one of the leading causes of car accident injuries.

If you have been hit by someone who failed to yield the right of way, you should remain calm at the scene. Being hit by someone who turned into you, ran a stop sign or red light, or otherwise failed to yield the right of way to you is a terrifying and emotional experience. Inform the other driver of your situation. Contact the police and, if necessary, paramedics if you have been injured in a car accident.

Car crash If you were injured, you are most likely entitled to compensation and will need to hire a Dallas personal injury attorney to protect your rights. Since 1997, the Law Office of Doug Goyen has been professionally assisting clients in car accident injury cases in the Dallas, Texas area. Our clients are our top priority. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can ensure your rights are protected.

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Failure to Yield the Right of Way Is Negligence

Negligence is defined as failing to yield the right of way. Drivers are responsible for adhering to traffic laws. When they breach that duty and cause injury to others, those injured can file a negligence claim against the driver who failed to yield and caused the car accident.

In a negligence claim, an injured party can recover for the damage that was caused, including medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost income, property damage, rental car bills, towing, storage, and various other types of recovery depending on the type of injury that occurred. Protect your legal rights. Employ the services of a car accident attorney in Dallas to protect your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated.


If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have damages, and the law allows you to seek compensation from those responsible. On behalf of our clients, the Law Office of Doug Goyen employs expertise, first-rate representation, and a desire for justice. For car accident injury damages, we go after the insurance company. We can immediately begin working on your case. Please contact us right away. In personal injury cases, the following types of damages are frequently recoverable:

  • Past and future medical bills: The amount of medical bills required to treat your injury in the past and in the future.
  • Earning capacity lost in the past and in the future: The amount of money you could have earned if you had not been injured.
  • Physical impairment in the past and future: How you have been physically impaired in the past as a result of your injury, and how you will be physically impaired in the future.
  • Disfigurement in the past and in the future: How the injury physically disfigured you in the past and how it will disfigure you in the future.
  • Past and future pain and suffering, as well as mental anguish: Compensation is granted based on a jury’s common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In terms of settling a claim, determining the value of pain and suffering is done by imagining what a jury – who does not know anyone involved – will think the value is. The mental anguish section describes how your physical injury has caused mental anguish to such an extent that it is more than mere disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.
  • Property damage: Property damage, such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses, is recoverable in an accident case.
  • Rental car bills, or if you used your property or vehicle in your business and lost some of your income while the vehicle was unable to be driven, are recoverable in a car wreck or accident case.
  • Storage: If your vehicle was towed from the scene and stored in a storage yard, you will be charged for that time. This is recoverable in the event of a car accident or a motor vehicle wreck.
  • Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the value of the vehicle immediately prior to the accident.
  • Diminished value of property: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you are entitled to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.

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TEXAS LAW – Turning Your Vehicle and Turning at Intersections in General

The majority of car accidents happen at intersections, and a large portion of those accidents happen when someone is turning in that intersection and fails to yield the right of way to another driver. A driver has a responsibility to ensure that they can turn safely. If they breach this duty, the law considers it against them when determining liability in the case.

Section 545.103 of the Texas Transportation Code requires all drivers to turn their vehicles safely. A driver may not turn their vehicle unless it is safe to do so. Section 545.104 requires drivers to use their turn signals at least 100 feet before making a turn – this is part of turning safely. Section 545.101 specifies how drivers should make turns at intersections, with right-hand turns taking place in the right-hand lane and left-hand turns taking place in the far left-hand lane. Section 545.102 makes it illegal to turn left in front of approaching traffic when a driver is unable to see approaching traffic for at least 500 feet in front of their view due to a curve or grade in the roadway.

Turning left into a private driveway or alleyway requires the driver to yield the right of way to approaching vehicles coming from the opposite direction, according to Texas Transportation Code Section 545.152. Section 545.153 requires drivers who see yield signs to slow down to a reasonable speed under the circumstances and to stop at stop signs before turning at the intersection. Section 544.004 mandates that drivers obey all traffic control devices while driving and turning. Section 545.151 and 545.153 address drivers approaching or entering an intersection, as well as how they must stop and/or yield at intersections with or without traffic control devices.

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TEXAS LAW – Moving From a Stopped Position or a Private Drive Onto a Public Roadway

Moving your vehicle from a stopped position is another situation in which drivers frequently fail to yield the right of way and cause a car accident. Most people are aware that when moving your vehicle from a stopped position, you must exercise extreme caution and yield to vehicles already on the road, as well as pedestrians walking past your stopped vehicle.

Many car accidents occur when a driver fails to yield the right of way when merging from a private drive onto a public roadway. There are frequently signs, bushes, or traffic that obscure the view of the person pulling from the private drive onto the public roadway. The onus is on the person driving from the private drive to ensure the road is safe. If there is an issue with pulling out from their location, they must either wait until it clears or find another point where they can pull out from the private drive or private parking lot.

According to Texas Transportation Code Section 545.256, an operator of a vehicle pulling from a private drive onto a public roadway must first stop before entering the public roadway, and then must yield to pedestrians and traffic already on the public roadway.

Section 545.402 of the Texas Transportation Code states that a driver may not move from a stopped, standing, or parked position unless it is safe to do so. Section 545.415 also states that a driver may not back up their vehicle unless it can be done safely and without interfering with traffic.

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TEXAS LAW – Changing Traffic Lanes

Incorrect lane changes are a failure to yield the right of way, which leads to car accidents and injuries. People either do not want to take the time to signal, realize they are changing lanes at the last second, or are distracted. If a person fails to yield the right of way while changing lanes for whatever reason, they are liable for any damage or injury caused by their actions.

According to Texas Transportation Code Section 545.060(2), a driver cannot change lanes unless they can do so safely. Section 545.061 states that if two vehicles are attempting to change lanes into the same lane in the same location, the vehicle in the right lane must yield to the operator in the left lane.

TEXAS LAW – Highway Entrance and Exit

Many collisions occur as a result of failure to yield the right of way when entering or exiting a highway. When it comes to people entering or exiting a highway, many drivers appear to be confused by the rules. It appears that the rule is straightforward. The driver exiting the highway must yield to traffic on the highway’s access road. A vehicle entering the highway from an access road must yield to vehicles already on the highway. Unfortunately, many people do not understand these rules, which can frequently result in a car accident injury.

Texas Transportation Codes address entering and exiting highways: drivers on access roads or feeder roads must yield the right of way to vehicles entering feeder roads and exiting highways – see Section 545.154. Drivers entering or crossing a highway from an alley, private road, business, or driveway must yield to traffic on the highway, according to Section 545.155.

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If you or someone you know needs help with an injury case, call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation and strategy session with a personal injury attorney in Dallas. A summary of your case, identification of the legal issues involved in your case, and identification of those legal issues that will help maximize your recovery in your case are all part of the strategy session. We will email you a copy of this strategy session for your records.


If you do not win, there is no fee! You do not have to pay anything up front. We charge a fee on a contingency basis. This is a percentage of the amount we are able to recover in your personal injury or wrongful death case. This aligns our and your interests in the case. We are compensated based on how well we perform for you. If we are unable to recover, we have worked for nothing. We take a percentage of whatever we can recover at the end of the case. We do not settle any cases without first obtaining your permission.

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Law Office of Doug Goyen
15851 Dallas Pkwy #605
Addison, Texas 75001
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Directions to our office: We are on the southbound side of the service road to the Tollway. Stay on the Dallas North Tollway until you come to the Keller Springs exit. Take the Keller Spring exit. Stay on the service road on the southbound side and go just past Keller Springs. Our office is the 2nd building south of Keller Springs, located on the service road to the North Dallas Tollway in the Madison Business Center on the 6th floor.

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