Yield Traffic SignIn Virginia, many offenses that would get someone a traffic ticket in other states are charged as reckless driving. One violation of a traffic law that you may not realize can result in a reckless driving charge is failing to yield the right-of-way. You need the help of an experienced reckless driving attorney to avoid the harsh penalties you would face if you were convicted of this crime.

What Is Considered Failure to Yield Right-of-Way Reckless Driving?

Under Virginia Code §18.2-863, there are two ways that an individual can commit reckless driving by failing to yield the right-of-way. They include:

  1. It is considered reckless driving for an individual to fail to bring their vehicle to a stop before entering a highway from a side road where traffic is approaching within 500 feet of the entrance unless a Yield-Right-of-Way sign is posted.
  2. Reckless driving can also be charged if a driver fails to yield the right of way before entering a highway from a side road, motor vehicles are approaching the highway from either direction, and there is a Yield-Right-of-Way sign.

What Are the Penalties for Failure to Yield Right-of-Way Reckless Driving?

Failure to yield the right-of-way is a Class 1 misdemeanor when charged as reckless driving.  You could face these punishments if convicted of this offense:

  • Jail. You may be sentenced to up to 12 months in jail.
  • Fines. You could be required to pay up to $2,500 in fines and court costs.
  • Driver’s license suspension. Your driver’s license would be suspended for up to six months.
  • DMV points. You would have four points added to your Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) record. The conviction would remain on your DMV record for three years.

Are you or a family member facing reckless driving charges for failing to yield the right-of-way? Have you been charged with another reckless driving offense? Our knowledgeable reckless driving lawyers may be able to mount an aggressive defense strategy that can help you get the charges dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense. Contact us online or call our Manassas office at 888-DUI-LWYR to schedule your free consultation today to learn more about how we can defend you.


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