How can I defend a failure to yield ticket in Texas?

Question

How can I defend a failure to yield ticket in Texas?

Answer

A failure to yield ticket in Texas means that you did not properly follow the rules of the road when you were driving and came to a point when you were supposed to permit other traffic to go. For example, you may receive a failure to yield ticket if you made a left turn on a green light when there was a car going straight. You may also receive a failure to yield ticket if you did not stop at a stop sign and permit the driver who was there first to go first. Failure to yield tickets are commonly issued in the event of an accident where your failure results in you hitting another vehicle, but can also be issued if a police officer identifies you failing to yield when you are required to do so, even if no accident occurred. 

So, if you live in Texas and you receive a failure to yield ticket, is there a defense to failure to yield Texas law? The answer is there are a few ways you can defend a failure to yield ticket. You can:

  • Argue that the officers' account of events was improper or that the other drivers account of events was improper in the event of an accident and that you did not fail to yield
  • Argue that you actually had the right of way in the given situation and that it was the other driver who failed to yield

Often, these cases come down to he-said-she-said situations, where you argue you had the right of way and the other driver argues that he did. When this occurs, it is imperative you have an experienced lawyer on your side who can help you to build a case and who can increase your chances of being able to successfully beat a failure to yield ticket. 

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