Failure to Yield Accidents in Georgia

People who fail to yield whether it be to a pedestrian, another driver, someone riding their bike, someone on rollerblades, and basically anybody that we share the road with can cause injuries, some catastrophic, and even death. We live in a big city in Atlanta, Georgia and there is foot and bicycle traffic everywhere, and there are motor vehicles everywhere as well.

In Georgia, if a person is in the cross walk, then it is the responsibility of the driver to yield to the pedestrian. I can not tell you how many times I have stopped to yield to a pedestrian and then another car will come speeding through the crosswalk. I have seen the look of terror on the pedestrians’ face and I am shaking as well and just keep saying to myself, “That was a close one.” This should not be the case but, unfortunately it is the case.

In 2008 in Failure to Yield Accidents, an astronomical number of 4,378 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 pedestrians were injured across the country according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). Highway Engineers are always working on ways to be able to insure that pedestrians are safe on and off the street and especially safe when a pedestrian is attempting to cross the street.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we have represented many clients when they have been injured by a vehicle that failed to yield. These types of cases do not have to involve a pedestrian and can involve another vehicle, and this is the most common type of failure to yield case, this type of case can involve a motorcycle, a person riding a bike, and even a person in a wheel chair. If you have been injured in an accident where the other driver failed to yield, then please Contact Us so that we may discuss the particular details of your case. All initial legal consultations are free and in many cases you don’t even have to come to our office as we can discuss your case over the phone. We can be reached at (770) 865-8654 or (813) 363-6664, by email at, or you may contact us on the Contact Form on our website (just click the link above). We are very responsive to our clients and Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, is usually the one who you will talk with first and she will help you determine which one of our affiliate attorneys is best suited for your needs and then she will put you in touch with that attorney. Time is of the essence so please call us today so that we may begin to build your winning case.

The United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reported that between the years 2004-2006 that fatalities for pedestrians was a total of 14,340 pedestrians, and the number for pedestrians who suffered injuries was 193,000. Undoubtedly these pedestrian injuries and deaths were caused by people who didn’t slow down enough, or pay enough attention to the road, and, therefore, failed to yield resulting in a tragedy. Fortunately, these numbers have encouraged and increased necessary research to improve pedestrian safety.

For example, there is a new system called the Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) used to increase automobile traffic yielding. Other names for this new safety system are Light Emitting Diode (LED) Rapid- Flash System, Stutter Flash or LED Beacons.The new RRFB are user activated amber LEDs that supplement warning signs at intersections that lack signals or mid-block crosswalks that are common and generally vague at or near universities. They can be activated by pedestrians manually by a push of a button or passively by a pedestrian detection system. The lights use an irregular flash pattern that is similar to emergency flashers on police vehicles.

The Analysis of the Stutter Flash LED Beacons to Increase the Yielding to Pedestrians Using Multilane Crosswalks, along with the use of Stutter Flash and LED beacons, have shown a great increase of traffic that now yields to pedestrians where traffic would not yield prior to the use of these new devices. The study found that going from a no-beacon arrangement to a two-beacon system, mounted on the supplementary warning sign on the right side of the crossing, increased yielding from a staggering 18% to an impressive 81%. In addition, there was again a further increase in yielding behavior with a four-beacon system (with two beacons; one of the right side of the crossing; and one on the left side of the crossing) to an astonishing 88%.

On the other hand,“An Analysis of the effects of stutter flash beacons to increase yielding to pedestrians using multilane crosswalks, also evaluated the sites over a 1- year period, and found that there was little to no decrease in yielding behavior over time.” If the crossing place is deemed to be safe, then this is great news for people crossing the street. Implementation considerations for areas where it is determined that the RRFB are needed are to include an RRFB on the roadside to increase driver yielding behavior significantly, and include an RRFB on a center island or median as well in hopes of furthering the increase of driver yielding behavior, although with a lower marginal benefit than roadside beacons.

As we are becoming more aware of our environment and the footprint that we may leave for our children, many more people are walking and bicycling, and even roller blading, to get to their destinations as they leave the car at home. Therefore, it is imperative that pedestrians, drivers, and all of us who share the roadway take our time and use safety precautions to yield to other traffic whether it be another vehicle, someone foot, or otherwise.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Attorneys are experts in all aspects of Personal Injury Law and have had great success representing thousands of people and families who have suffered as a result of the negligent acts of another that has caused Injury, whether or not the injury was due to another person such as a driver or a cyclist who failed to yield. If you have been injured or a loved one has been tragically killed in an Accident, then contact us immediately to discuss the details of your case. Your initial consultation will be free of charge. You may reach us by any or all of the following means; by phone at (770) 865-8654 or (813) 363-6664, by email at; and/or Contact Us on our Website.

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