One man is dead and three people are hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash in Tyler, TX. The crash occurred on Monday, January 24, around 5:13 p.m. 

The Two-Vehicle Crash

On Monday, January 24, a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer was at a stop sign intersection on CR 328 and FM 14. At the same time, a 2017 Ford Fusion was traveling south on FM 14. The driver of the Chevrolet failed to yield the right of way at the stop intersection and pulled out to FM 14 in front of the Ford Fusion, causing a collision.

The passenger of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities stated that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The driver of the Chevrolet was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. 

The driver and passenger of the Ford Fusion were also taken to a local hospital after the crash. The driver is in stable condition while the passenger’s condition is unknown at the time. 

Understanding When to Yield the Right of Way

According to 2017 reports done by the Texas Department of Transportation, 6,530 accidents were caused by a failure to yield at a stop sign. In addition, 5,693 accidents were caused by a failure to yield while turning left. 

While this is one of the most important traffic laws to know, it is one of the most misunderstood. To get a better picture, a driver must yield the right of way in the following circumstances:

  • At a yield sign
  • To pedestrians at a crosswalk
  • At uncontrolled intersections where vehicles are already in the intersection
  • When turning left, you must yield to both pedestrians and cars
  • At ‘T” intersections you must yield to vehicles on the through road
  • When driving on an unpaved road that intersects with a paved road
  • Once you return to the road after parking your car

Once you understand the instances in which you’re supposed to yield, it makes following this traffic law a lot smoother. If you’re ever unsure whether to yield or not, never assume you have the right of way. Yield to the other vehicles or pedestrians, then move on once they’ve gone. 

Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.

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Source: KETK

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.