A failure to yield led to an automobile-pedestrian accident on Tuesday. McAlester, Oklahoma attorney Terry Harrison was hit outside the Pittsburg County Courthouse while crossing the street. McAlester attempted to cross the road at a crosswalk. Police say 64 year old Charles Patton failed to stop at the crosswalk, hitting Harrison. The accident occurred approximately 1:00 pm. Harrison suffered a hand injury and was transported to the hospital in a private vehicle. In addition, Patton received a ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk. However, authorities made the decision to release Patton and not arrest him on scene.
Harrison crossed the street at one of the town’s HAWK pedestrian crossings. HAWK stands for High Intensity Activated Crosswalk. These new crosswalks allow pedestrians to activate a red traffic signal while crossing the street in front of oncoming traffic. Ironically, the HAWK signals were first installed to address pedestrian safety concerns on busy roadways. Unfortunately, many drivers choose to ignore the signals and place innocent pedestrians in danger.
Failure To Yield
Failure to yield is a frequent cause of traffic collisions. A driver may intentionally run a red light or a stop sign or fail to stop at a crosswalk. Other times, a driver may also be paying attention to something else, such as their cell phone or radio, when they come to an area where they need to yield. In either case, when the driver fails to yield the results can be severe.
In the case of Terry Harrison, it seems apparent that he had the right of way. Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are lawfully crossing the street. A failure to yield can result in legal liability for the driver who caused the accident as a result of their own negligence.
If you have been the victim of an accident involving a failure to yield or any other accident which was not your fault, call the McGuire Law Firm at 888-352-0624. We can help get the compensation you deserve.