If you’ve been involved in an auto accident involving injury in Rockford, Illinois, or a surrounding community due to another vehicle failing to yield, you should know the following, as this can establish liability against the other driver if they committed a variation of the offense listed below:
Under the Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-904, when vehicles are entering an intersection at the same time, a driver on the left must yield “the right of way” to a vehicle on the right. If a driver ignores this rule of the road, it can cause significant injuries and involve more than just two vehicles depending on traffic conditions at the time the violation occurs.
Examples of Failures to Yield
- Failure to yield at red or yellow lights in an intersection
- Failure to yield to a school bus, or other mass transit bus
- Failure to yield for an emergency vehicle such as police, fire trucks, or ambulances
- Failure to yield in a school zone with children present
- Failure to yield when getting on to a highway or interstate
- Failure to yield to a cyclist
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
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For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your failure to yield auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.