Failing to yield the right-of-way is a severe and typical cause of traffic accidents. Failure to yield the right-of-way to other motorists and pedestrians is a driving violation governed by state laws, which differ according to state. Laws implement particular regulations of right-of-way at controlled intersections, where traffic signals and signs are in view and when emergency vehicles with flashing lights, such as ambulances and police vehicles, approach. A number of fatalities on highways and roads can be linked to drivers failing to yield properly.
Failing to yield can lead to a devastating accident for any motorist, but can be especially hazardous when a driver fails to yield properly to a motorcyclist. Many drivers violate motorcyclists' right of way because they do not pay attention and fail to see the motorcyclist in time. Other motorists do not understand that motorcyclists follow the same regulations of the road as other drivers, and their right of way must be respected just like any other motorist. A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that failure to yield the right-of-way on the part of the driver is the cause for as much as two-thirds of all car-motorcycle collisions.