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Louisiana and Texas have established strict rules for safe lane passing. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to comply with these rules, zigzagging in and out of traffic and increasing the likelihood of car wrecks.
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Louisiana law permits lane passing on one-lane roads only if:
In Louisiana, left lanes exist to alleviate congestion for turning and passing vehicles. That’s why left lanes of multi-lane roads are typically reserved for passing slower vehicles in right-hand lanes, unless there’s an emergency vehicle or the right lane is closed. Left lanes are also reserved for making left-hand turns.
You can be fined for driving in left lanes if you’re not using them to pass or turn.
Louisiana law does not permit drivers to pass school buses with flashing red lights or extended stop signs.
You must follow this law whether you’re in the oncoming lanes of traffic on a two- to four-lane road that doesn’t have a median separating opposite traffic lanes, or if you are following a bus traveling in the same direction. The only time drivers can pass stopped school buses is if they’re in the opposing traffic lanes on five-lane roads with medians separating opposite traffic lanes.
Shreveport is no exception to Louisiana state law that requires drivers to move away from parked automobiles and emergency vehicles. This includes incidents when police are making traffic stops or helping car accident victims. Known as move-over laws, these statutes also apply when roadway work crews and transportation officials are working or parked on the road.
You should move to the left lane when transportation or emergency vehicles are parked on the right side of the road. However, you should move to the right if the parked vehicles are on the left side of the road. You’re also required to slow down when passing parked cars, whether you have to move to the left or right traffic lane to do so.
Negligent drivers who make improper lane changes or pass other cars unsafely can cause horrific car accidents that may lead to extensive property damage, life-threatening injuries, and even death to other innocent motorists. If you find yourself impacted by a reckless driver, you need a five-star Shreveport improper lane changes accident lawyer on your side.
Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers understands the myriad challenges victims face when making lane change accident claims. We’re ready to help you recover your damages and fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. We will help you file and advance your case in court and help you get back on your feet.