Most car accidents are the result of one or more drivers making a mistake. In some cases, they are true accidents. In others, the driver has broken a traffic law. Today we are going to discuss four traffic laws that, when broken, are more likely to cause accidents. If you have been involved in an accident, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
- California Vehicle Code 22350: Speeding
- California Vehicle Code 21703: Following Too Closely
- California Vehicle Code 21801: Left / U-Turns
- California Vehicle Code 21453: Red Lights
This Vehicle Code states that drivers are not allowed to drive A) faster than the posted speed limit and B) faster than is safe given current conditions. This means that a driver could be driving ten miles below the posted speed limit but still be breaking the law if visibility is significantly reduced due to weather or other issues.
This Vehicle Code also requires that vehicles drive with traffic – but not faster than the speed limit. Again, this means that if a car is driving the speed limit but there is traffic that has slowed down to 35 miles below the speed limit, the faster car could potentially be cited for speeding because they were driving faster than was safe.
This code requires that drivers do not follow too closely given speed and traffic as well as the condition of the roads. The main reason for this law is to prevent rear-end accidents when the car in front stops suddenly and the car following them has not left themselves enough room to stop.
When a driver is turning left or making a U-turn, they are required to yield to all approaching vehicles. However, when a car thinks they have time to turn before approaching traffic, they can cause an accident. This is common with U-turns, as drivers often think that they have more room to turn than they do.
A driver is required to stop before the marked line at a red light and to remain stopped until they get a green light. It is not hard to see why stop lights exist – to ensure that traffic can flow and to clarify who has the right of way. However, when a car runs a red light, they significantly increase their chances of being hit by a car that has a green light. These accidents, known as T-bone accidents, commonly cause serious injuries.
Call an Attorney for Help if You Are Injured in a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car accident in which you are injured, then you should contact a personal injury attorney. Even if you are partially at fault, if the other party was at least 50% at fault then you may be owed compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for your free legal consultation.