Car Accident at a Stop Sign
A common area for a car accident to occur is at a stop sign. Usually, this is because one driver fails to stop, simply speeding through the stop sign and hitting another vehicle or person, or because there is confusion over which vehicle has the right of way, leading to both vehicles proceeding at once.
In New Mexico, those who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them. Consider the following regarding car accident at a stop sign liability–
WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY IN ALBUQUERQUE AT A STOP SIGN?
Of course, if someone fails to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in New Mexico, and this failure causes a car accident, that driver is at-fault for the crash, and can be held liable for damages as such. Not coming to a complete stop means a complete stop; drivers who pass a stop sign at full speed vs. drivers who simply roll through may be held equally liable if the action causes a crash.
But what about an incident where both vehicles proceed into the intersection after both vehicles have come to a complete stop? Who is at fault?
Right-of-way laws in New Mexico typically determine fault in a situation like this. In a four-way intersection with stop signs, the driver who approaches the intersection first has the right of way. If both drivers approach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the right has the right of way.
If you are not at a four-way stop, but are stopped when entering a main road, you must yield to all oncoming vehicles. You are also required to yield the right away to drivers approaching from the right at an unmarked intersection. If you are turning left, you are required to yield to those vehicles that are proceeding straight.
DETERMINING FAULT FOR A CAR ACCIDENT AT A STOP SIGN
If the cause of an accident is disputed and the only evidence you have is your word against the word of the other driver, proving that the other driver failed to yield to you – or that they should have yielded to you – can be difficult to do. When you work with the Law Offices of Allan L. Wainwright, our Albuquerque car accident at a stop sign attorneys can gather evidence in your favor, and help you to build a strong claim.
CONTACT OUR LAW OFFICES TODAY
Our personal injury law firm based in Albuquerque, New Mexico is here to work for you. We understand that when you are in a collision at a stop sign and suffer harm, you are looking for someone you can trust to work for you. To learn more about how we will work hard to get you the compensation award you deserve, contact us today by phone or online.