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Lake County personal injury attorneysThere are many reasons why motor vehicle accidents occur. Chief among them include driver fatigue, mistakes, distracted driving  and driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A common accident that occurs when under any of these circumstances is one where a driver fails to yield and causes an accident. The accident could involve another vehicle or other people using the road such as pedestrians or cyclists.

When to Yield

Under Illinois law, you are required to yield under the following circumstances:

  • Stop Signs. You must yield to any pedestrian or traffic already on the intersection. If it is a four-way stop, the first driver arriving and stopping at the intersection is the one to move first. If all drivers arrive at the intersection at the same time, then the vehicle to the right should move first.
  • Roundabouts. These are the most confusing, especially to new drivers but the rule is, you should yield to traffic already on the road, if you are approaching the road from a driveway, alley or side of the road. You should also yield to pedestrians on crosswalks before the roundabout.
  • Driveways. You should yield to traffic already on the road if you are approaching from a driveway or side of the road.
  • Intersections with no signals or stop signs. You must yield to other vehicles or pedestrians when they are already on the intersection, when there is a vehicle coming from the other direction of where you intend to make a left turn, or when entering a highway from a secondary road.
  • Emergency vehicles. You must yield to all emergency vehicles with sirens or lights flashing. You should also move as far to the right as possible, come to a complete stop, and move only after the emergency vehicle has passed or you as you may be directed by a police officer or other person directing traffic.

These are just some of the situations where you must yield as required under the law. In all other situations, if you are unsure whether to yield or not, err on the side of safety by yielding while being mindful of drivers behind you. Failure to yield can result in serious and even fatal accidents so it is important to obey the rules that govern when to yield.


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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois car accident attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident attorney, wrongful death,Despite both nationwide and statewide policies meant to curb the number of pedestrian deaths, pedestrian accidents remain a serious and grave traffic safety issue. In 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured. This means that a pedestrian was killed every two hours and a person injured every seven minutes in accidents involving motor vehicles. For these purposes, the NHTSA defines a pedestrian as anyone who is outside of a motor vehicle at the time of crash, though incidents that occurred on private property—including parking lots and driveways—were not included for the purposes of these statistics.

Older pedestrians were the most likely to be killed in an accident with a motor vehicle in 2012: older pedestrians accounted for 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities that year. Children aged 15 and younger, conversely, accounted for only 6 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. Bad weather did not affect the likelihood of a pedestrian accident, but the time of day did: nearly 70 percent of all pedestrian accidents occurred at night.

According to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, pedestrians are most often at fault for these accidents. Jaywalking is the most common kind of unsafe pedestrian behavior that results in accidents with motor vehicles. Jaywalking can be defined as: walking when the pedestrian walk signal says not to, crossing a street without a crosswalk, and walking on a street with traffic flow instead of on a sidewalk, where one is designated. Jaywalking is most often thought to be an urban issue, in large cities such as Chicago.

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