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Slow Moving Vehicles: Be Courteous and Let Others Pass


If you are in a situation where you are moving slower than the rest of traffic, be courteous and let others pass you. This will make the roads safe and enjoyable for everyone. This is also the law in California under vehicle code 21656.

If you are driving your car, farm tractors or machinery, or riding your bike on a rural road and notice a line of cars building behind you, please be considerate and pull off the road so they may pass. The law states that when five or more vehicles are behind you and they are unable to pass you safely, then you must pull off the road in a designated turnout or wherever you can find a safe place to pull over. Designated turn outs are specially designed lanes created specifically for slower moving vehicles. These small lanes give you a safe place to pull over and allow other drivers to pass you. Many times these lanes are accompanied by signage to remind you to pull over. Even if there is not a sign or a designated turn out, you must pull over if there is a safe place for you to do so to allow other motorists to pass.

California Vehicle Code 21656 makes the roads safe to travel on for all drivers. If you are driving slower than the rest of traffic, the other drivers behind you may get impatient and try to pass when it is unsafe to do so. Impatient drivers often cause accidents due to their negligence. If you are driving slower than traffic and someone passes you where it is unsafe to do so, you could be held liable if you knew there was a line of cars behind you and did not pull over to let them pass.

Here’s a scenario for you: If you are driving your tractor on a rural road and there is a line of five cars behind you, then you should pull over. If you do not pull over, and car number five tries to pass when it is unsafe, then there could be a problem. If car number five passes, and hits another vehicle because he was in a hurry, then you could be just as liable as car number five for not pulling over. What if car number five is trying to get to school to pick up his child who was badly injured? He’s probably not going to sit in the back of a line of slow moving cars for very long. Since the law states you must pull over, if this person gets into an accident, you are just as negligent as he is, since you were not following the law.

We at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys want all drivers to be safe on the roads. There are times, however, when you are injured on the roadways through no fault of your own. If you or a loved one are injured by a careless driver, the personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys may be able to help you.

Please see complete listing of traffic laws at California Motor Vehicle Codes.

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