When rushing to get to work, school, or to finish errands, it is not uncommon for drivers to cut corners in an effort to reach their destination quickly. Failing to yield the right of way is a prime example. Unfortunately, while they may save a minute or two by being aggressive in these situations, not stopping or slowing down to allow another driver to take their rightful turn could have potentially dangerous repercussions. Failure to yield the right of way is one of the leading contributing causes of car accidents throughout the state, which can result in serious personal injuries. It recently cost one local man his life.
Aiken County Car Accident Proves Fatal
A recent car accident in Aiken County left one driver dead and another injured. The Aiken Standard reports that the collision occurred just off Silver Bluff Road during the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 20, 2018. A 58-year-old man was driving a Dodge RAM truck as he headed to his job at the Savannah River Site. According to investigators, he was headed east and making a turn onto Storm Branch Road, when he failed to yield the right of way to another motorist.
The driver of that vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the struck vehicle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his vehicle and suffered blunt force trauma. Police say he died at the scene.
Failure To Yield Is A Leading Cause Of Car Accident Injuries
Failing to yield the right of way may seem like a somewhat minor offense. However, the fact is that this type of dangerous driving behavior is the second leading cause of car accident injuries throughout the state.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), failure to yield killed roughly 115 people over the course of 2016 and was responsible for more than 15,000 injuries among drivers and their passengers. This is second only to speeding, which is the cause of over 17,000 car accident injuries each year. Failure to yield accidents are common in the following locations:
As a form of aggressive driving, failure to yield is often the result of drivers getting agitated in traffic, being in a hurry, and generally disregarding traffic signs or indicators from other motorists. To prevent these accidents, it is important to play it safe. Obey all traffic signs and signals, slow down at entrances and exits, and never just assume another driver will stop or allow you to go.
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In right of way accidents, drivers may attempt to speed past other vehicles. The higher rate at which they are traveling means that potential impacts when crashes do occur tend to be severe. If you or a loved one is involved in this type of crash, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. We can arrange a consultation with our Aiken personal injury attorney, to discuss the types of compensation you may be entitled to.