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When Driving on Rural Roads, Keep Right


California Motor Vehicle Code 21752 defines when it is specifically illegal to drive on the left half of the road.

According to the United States Highway Safety Administration, over half of all fatal car crashes each year occur on rural roads. Rural roads are often lightly traveled and drivers forget to stay to the right.

If you cannot see at least 100 feet in front of you, then you should never cross over the left half of the roadway. This applies when you are approaching the crest of a hill, or in a curve where your view may be obstructed.

You should also stay to the right when approaching bridges, overpasses, and railroad crossings. If you can’t see the oncoming cars, they can’t see you either. The majority of rural crashes occur near bridges, intersections and curves in the road.

Teenagers who don’t realize the need to stay to the right on less-traveled roads cause many traffic accidents. Teen drivers often underestimate hazardous driving situations and are less able to judge dangerous situations than more experienced drivers are. Teens also are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents. Studies have shown that teen drivers are more likely to speed and less likely to wear seat belts. If your teen is driving, remind them to follow all traffic laws and remain safe when in a car.

In the Unites States, one person is killed in a traffic accident every 15 minutes. Most of these accidents are due to negligence. If you are injured because someone was driving their car on the left side of the road, you may have rights under the law. You may be suffering from physical as well as psychological trauma and you should be compensated for the other driver’s negligence.

The personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have years of experience getting accident victims the compensation they deserve. Under California law, you may be entitled to actual damages associated with property damage and medical costs. You may also be entitled to economic damages from lost wages and emotional pain and suffering damages.

To find out more about California Laws please visit California Motor Vehicle Codes.

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