Improper Lane Passing Accident Lawyer
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for Crashes Caused by Risky & Illegal Lane Passing
The traffic laws in Louisiana and Texas cover various rules of the road for safe lane passing. Unfortunately, however, many motorists fail to comply with these rules, passing others dangerously or zigzagging in and out of traffic. That highly risky behavior behind the wheel often causes crashes.
Whenever reckless drivers cause improper lane passing accidents, victims may have a claim against the negligent motorists and possibly others — and they can get experienced help recovering from Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
For more than two decades, our improper lane passing accident lawyers have been successfully helping people just like you recover and secure justice. Known for excellence, exceptional representation, and success in and outside the courtroom, we have what it takes to win the toughest cases and achieve optimal outcomes.
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- What Is Improper Lane Passing in Louisiana & Texas?
- How Does Improper Lane Passing Cause Car Accidents?
- Did Improper Lane Passing Cause My Wreck?
In Louisiana and Texas, state laws establish several rules for lane passing, based on road types, as well as the vehicles traversing those roads. Specifically, these traffic laws pertain to lane passing in various situations, including those that involve:
Here’s a little more on each of these lane passing laws in Louisiana and Texas, so you can get a better idea of how motorists violate these laws.
Lane Passing on Single-Lane Roads
Lane passing on one-lane roads is only permitted by Louisiana law and Texas law IF a vehicle in front of a motorist is making a left-hand turn AND there is enough obstruction-free roadway on the right-hand side to safely pass.
In other words, it’s illegal for motorists to drive off of the pavement in order to pass on the right side, even if another driver in front of them is waiting to make a left-hand turn.
Lane Passing on Multiple-Lane Roads & Highways
In both Louisiana and Texas, left lanes on multi-lane roads are generally reserved for making left-hand turns and passing slower vehicles in right-hand lanes (unless the right lane is closed or there’s an exception for an emergency vehicle).
The idea is to alleviate congestion by keeping an “open” lane for passing or turning vehicles. Consequently, motorists in both states can be fined for driving in left lanes if, instead of passing or turning, they’re blocking the flow of traffic.
School Bus Passing Laws
Another lane passing law shared by the Pelican and Lone Star states involves school buses. In both LA and TX, motorists are NOT generally permitted to pass school buses that have extended Stop signs and/or flashing red lights.
That’s the law whether you’re following a bus in the same direction or you’re in the oncoming lanes of traffic on a 2-, 3-, or 4-lane roadway that does not have a median separating opposite lanes of traffic. In fact, motorists can ONLY pass stopped school buses in TX or LA IF they are in the opposite lanes of traffic on 4-lane roads with medians separating opposing traffic lanes.
Emergency Vehicle Passing Laws
Both Louisiana and Texas have passed “move-over” laws that require motorists to move away from emergency vehicles and parked vehicles, including police making traffic stops or assisting car accident victims. These move-over laws also apply when transportation officials or roadway work crews are parked (or working) on the roads.
While motorists should move to the left lanes when emergency or transportation vehicles are parked on the right-side of the roads, drivers should move to the right if parked vehicles are on the left-side of the roads. Also, motorists are typically required to slow down when passing parked vehicles, regardless of whether they have to move over to the right or left lane of traffic to do so.
Drivers who fail to comply with lane passing laws can elevate the crash risks for everyone around them. Specifically, improper lane passing can cause car accidents whenever motorists:
- Fail to move over for emergency vehicles parked on the sides of the road
- Do not stop for school buses that are picking up or dropping off children
- Attempt lane passing without enough room to safely do so due to traffic congestion
- Drive in bike lanes or shoulders in an effort to pass other vehicles
- Initiate lane passing maneuvers without checking their blind spots
- Fail to slow down when passing others in more complex traffic conditions, like when one lane is closed for highway repairs or upgrades
While improper lane passing can cause sideswiping and blind spot car accidents, this traffic violation is also notorious for causing pedestrian accidents and bicycle crashes. In fact, if pedestrians or cyclists are hit in an improper lane passing crash, there are far greater chances of fatal injuries.
Traffic Weaving Accidents
Zigzagging in and out of traffic is a specific type of improper lane passing that comes with high crash risks. This accident-causing behavior involves drivers quickly, suddenly, and with little to no warning moving between lanes of traffic, back and forth to inch their way ahead. It usually happens when:
- There’s a lot of congestion on the roads.
- Drivers are pressed for time, and they have the mistaken idea that weaving in and out of traffic is the solution to their issue.
- Motorists are angry, and they’re using zigzagging in traffic to act out, drive aggressively, or catch up to another driver.
Consequently, traffic weaving accidents tend to involve collisions like (but not limited to):
- Rear-end collisions: In high-traffic conditions, zigzagging drivers can misjudge speeds and how much room they have to maneuver suddenly into another lane. If a leading vehicle has to suddenly stop, the zigzagging driver could rear-end the vehicle they’re following — and they can be rear-ended by the vehicles behind them. That can mean pile-up crashes, multiple victims, and high risks of catastrophic injuries.
- Sideswipe crashes: While attempting to zigzag between lanes, drivers can overlook others in their blind spot(s), sideswiping cars, running vehicles off the road, or even running over pedestrians.
- Rollovers, jackknifes & underride wrecks: If zigzagging drivers dart ahead of big rigs without enough room or warning, truckers may need to suddenly hit the brakes or swerve to avoid a crash. That could lead to rollovers or jackknifing trailers, especially if the roads are slick. Alternatively, if zigzagging drivers dart behind 18-wheelers that slow down, drivers could rear-end and underride trucks, especially if drivers are speeding and/or tailgating.
Did you see another motorist violate any lane passing laws right before the crash happened? How were you hit or involved in the motor vehicle accident?
These are just a couple of questions that need to be answered in order to figure out:
- If improper lane passing contributed to your auto accident
- Which driver(s) may share fault for the accident
- Whether other parties may also be liable for the motor vehicle crash
To start uncovering those answers, you may need to review evidence like accident photos, dashcam videos, police reports, witness statements, and more. And if you or a loved one has been hurt in an improper lane passing accident, consulting an attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can be the best way to start reviewing the potential evidence and understanding your options for financial recovery.
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Motor vehicle accidents caused by improper lane passing can cause extensive damage and, in the worst cases, deadly injuries. When it’s time to recover from these wrecks, fight for justice, and pursue the compensation you may deserve, contact a 5-star improper lane passing accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
We have a deep understanding of the trauma, challenges, and hardships victims can face after these wrecks. And we are proud to consistently offer the relentless advocacy and client-focused service we would expect if we were in your shoes. Discover the difference our team can make in your claim and recovery by contacting us today.