What do red blinking lights at an intersection mean?
Traffic rules are meant to create order on the road. These include rules that require vehicles to stop before any white cross walk or when the red light is blinking. Unfortunately, there are drivers that fail to follow these rules, yet they face strict fines and penalties for their actions. Sadly, there are people that get injured or their property gets damaged because someone else did not obey traffic rules.
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When You Are Supposed To Yield
Apart from yielding to pedestrians within crosswalks or other cars at red lights, you should yield when you see a sign that says you should yield. Other situation where you should yield includes:
- When you want to turn left, yield to oncoming pedestrians of cars
- When you exiting a driveway yield to pedestrians on the sidewalk
- Yield to any vehicle coming from the right at an intersection with no traffic signal
- Yield to the first car that comes to a complete stop at an intersection that has four stop signs
At a flashing red light you need to stop at the marked stop line or before the crosswalk when the red light is flashing. If there is no marked stop line or crosswalk, you should stop as close to the intersection as possible. If you stop in the intersection, you risk causing serious accidents.
Fines and Penalties Of Failing To Yield At A Blinking Red Light
Different states have different penalties for drivers that do not yield right of way at a blinking red light. In most states you can get a fine of $100 or higher depending on the situation where you failed to yield. School bus drivers and other people that violate traffic rules within school zones or construction sites may have to pay double fines.
If an accident results from that violation in Missouri, you may be forced to pay a fine of $200. Your license may be suspended for up to 30 day if an injury results from that accident. If the victim suffers serious injury in that accident, you may have to pay $500 in fines and face a 90 day license suspension. A judge can also impose a jail sentence if that violation of traffic rules is not your first offense.
How A Lawyer Can Help
A car accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against a driver that caused an accident where you were injured. These kinds of cases tend to be complex because there are often many cars on the road when accidents happen. Sometimes it is not clear which cars at the scene really caused the accident. Your lawyer can review your case, gather evidence and do investigations with the help of experts to identify the at-fault driver. If you were injured or a family member died in an accident caused by someone failing to yield, you can seek financial recompense for:
- Missed work
- Medical expenses
- Brain injury
- Pain and suffering
Your car accident lawyer will answer all your questions and outline all legal options you have in your particular case.