What is Failure to Yield in Illinois

The definition of failure to yield in Illinois is as follows, two vehicles entering an intersection from different roadways at around the same time according to the Illinois vehicle code the driver on the left must yield the right of way to the car that is on the right. As a driver when you choose not to follow this basic rule while you are on the road it can result in a multi-vehicle collision which will lead to serious injuries.

The Chicago Traffic Lawyers have years of experience working on failure to yield right-of-way cases in Chicago, Illinois. A lot of drivers often ignore the Illinois vehicle code rule and as a result, it leads to serious and unplanned accidents and serious passengers and drivers when an accident occurs.

We cannot ignore how much technology has advanced in the present. As a result, drivers leave their homes, business premises, and offices with mobile devices and remote location devices on them. As a result of mobile devices and remote location devices being prevalent, it is important to note that they can be very distracting. You will even find some drivers in Chicago texting, sending emails, and even taking phone calls while driving. This puts them, the passengers in the vehicle, other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and others at risk of injury.

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Different Types of Failure to Yield

In Chicago, there are many different types of failure-to-yield tickets. Below are some of the ‘failure to yield’ tickets that a driver can receive;

  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian.
  • Failure to yield to a cyclist.
  • Failure to yield to children in a school zone.
  • Failure to yield to a funeral procession.
  • Failure to yield to a stoplight or stop sign.
  • Failure to yield to a vehicle that is in front of you.
  • Failure to yield to avoid an accident.
  • Failure to yield to a Chicago Transit Authority bus.
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. That is an ambulance, a police car, or a fire track.
  • Failure to yield to another vehicle that has the right of way.

Most of the tickets that you can be awarded above are considered to be petty offenses and are only punishable via paying fines. Even so, some of the ‘failure to yield’ errors are more serious compared to others. These offenses have the potential of adding points to your driving license and causing an increase in your insurance rate.

Most of the time drivers tend to associate these tickets with an accident. It is a fact that in the case where two or more cars are involved in an accident someone is often accused of failure to yield so as to prevent an accident.

Even so, a law enforcement officer issues the ticket without an accident occurring if they happen to observe the driver of the vehicle committing the offense.

The two common tickets that you can receive for failure to yield are;

  • Pedestrians’ right of way.
  • Vehicle entering yield or stop intersection.

A ticket defense lawyer can help you avoid a license suspension for traffic 

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Penalties for a Failure to Yield Ticket

When you pay for a failure to yield ticket it will be recorded on your driver’s license. As a result of a failure to yield ticket, an individual may have to pay fines.

However, in a case where a failure to yield offense is considered to be in violation of the move-over law, it is punishable by fines of not less than $250 and as high as $10,000 as a first-time offender. As a result of subsequent offenses, an individual may have to pay more.

If as a result of the offense there is damage to the other driver’s vehicle you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. And it is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 1 year. When you violate Scott’s law and in the process cause injury or death to another the offense is classified as a class 4 felony offense which is punishable by 3 to 5 years in jail.

When you commit a move-over violation while driving under the influence you will be subjected to a mandatory driver’s license suspension if the offense results in property damage, death, or harm to another individual.

What to do if You Get a Failure to Yield Ticket

If you are facing failure to yield charges as a result of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, to oncoming traffic, or in another circumstance then get in touch with a Chicago traffic ticket defense attorney from our firm so you can discuss your case. A criminal defense attorney will help in ensuring that you get the best possible outcome during the trial. Give us a call!

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