Illinois law clearly states that when two vehicles enter a roadway from differing roads at or near the same time, then the motorist on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right. Additionally, the driver approaching “T” intersection must yield to the vehicles on the road that is not terminating at the “T.” Vehicles to the left of another vehicle entering a four-way stop intersection must yield to the vehicles on the right as well.
Those instances are not the only occasions when a motorist must yield to an oncoming vehicle. Obviously, a driver must yield to all other vehicles at stop signs and yield signs. Illinois law states that a motorist who passed a yield sign will be held liable for the accident that occurred at the intersection or merges, which the sign controls. The law creates a rebuttable presumption that the driver who passed the yield sign failed to yield.
There are many other instances when Illinois law commands drivers to yield the right of way to other motorists or pedestrians. For instance, stop lights, flashing red lights, flashing yellow lights, and other signals alert motor vehicle operators to their responsibility to yield at that particular intersection or merging lane.
Accidents constantly occur when drivers in Chicago and all across Illinois fail to yield. Even though Illinois law creates a rebuttable presumption that an accident involving a driver who had the responsibility to yield is at fault for the crash, determining who was at fault is not clear cut. Injured victims need experienced, knowledgeable, and insightful Illinois car wreck lawyers to help them win the damage award justified by the evidence and fight for you while insurance defense fight to keep your award to a minimum. Insurance defense attorneys who have extensive trial experience know that they can present evidence to show a jury that the injured victim of the crash somehow contributed to causing the accident. Insurance defense counsel know how to paint a picture that the victim was speeding at the time of the crash, had plenty of time to stop but did not, was driving while texting, or was operating with divided attention.
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