Failure to Yield Law & Legal Definition


Failure to yield the right-of-way to other pedestrians and drivers is a traffic violation governed by state laws, which vary by state. Laws govern rules of right-of-way at controlled intersections, where trafffic signs and signals are present. For example, in making a turn on a red light, traffic must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists within a crosswalk and to other traffic using the intersection.

Failure to yield to emergency vehicles may result in loss of life to those not on the road. As a driver, when you first hear the sirens, you should immediately look to pull over to the right and come to a complete stop. When you first see the emergency vehicle coming up behind you with emergency flashing lights, immediately pull over to the right and stop. Make sure you come to a complete stop and not continue down the road at a slow pace, as the emergency vehicle might have to turn right soon.