Failure to yield to right of way is the most common cause of driver accidents. When an individual does not yield to the driver to arrive first at an intersection, or the driver to their right, they can confuse the other drivers and cause an accident. They can also face serious consequences such as fines, traffic points and other penalties.
Fines and Penalties
While it may seem like a very small traffic violation, individuals who fail to yield to right of way at an open intersection could face fines between $50 to $200 and could even spend up to 15 days in jail, or both. This is only for individuals facing their first charge of failure to yield at an open intersection. For those who have previous charges, the fines and penalties will be more severe and may include community service or even suspension of driver’s license. The fines and penalties may differ depending upon which state the individual lives in.
Traffic Points and Impact on Driving Record
Most individuals will receive 2 demerit points for failure to yield to right of way at open intersection for a first offense. When a person accumulates several demerit points within a short amount of time, they may face having their license suspended. Depending upon the number of points, the license could be suspended for 90 days, 18 months or longer. The impact on driving records can be severe too, with most car insurance companies charging higher premiums if individuals have demerit points. Many jobs also require individuals to have a clean driving record, free of points, so those with demerit points can be limited in that way as well.
Hiring an Attorney
If an individual wishes to fight the traffic violation charge, or just wants to pay the fine without receiving demerit points, the best way to do so is by hiring an attorney. Attorneys know the laws inside and out and are able to present the case to a judge so that the judge understands the attorney’s client’s side of the incident. This can allow the charged individual to describe exactly what happened. This may result in obtaining lesser charges or having charges dropped altogether.