California law prohibits driving to the left of, or essentially crossing, double yellow lines. These lines symbolize a no-passing restriction or no-passing zone. If a law enforcement officer catches a driver crossing over double yellow lines, the driver will receive a ticket and a hefty fine. If a driver who has crossed the double yellow lines gets into an auto accident, the consequences may be much more severe. The driver could be liable for all of the damage caused to the victims, due to the deliberate act of crossing the yellow lines.
Auto Accidents Caused by Crossing Over Double Yellow Lines
If you were injured a car accident in the San Fernando Valley because the other driver illegally crossed over double yellow lines, you may want to reach out to an experienced auto accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights and potential for financial recovery. Often times, the at-fault driver will try to raise defenses and make justifications for why he/she crossed over the lines, thereby challenging your claim. Defenses include trying to avoid a head-on collision, sun in their eyes, and more. Having a savvy personal injury lawyer on your side will help you fight these defenses and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
When Are You Allowed to Cross a Double Yellow Line?
In general, the California Vehicle Code dictates that crossing the double yellow lines is not a wise idea and could lead to serious auto accidents. However, there are exceptions to the prohibition of crossing the double lines, such as when there is an emergency or temporary traffic flow changes due to road work. If an emergency vehicle comes up behind your car, you must safely cross the double lines to get out of the lane to allow that emergency vehicle to pass.
It is important to note that if the lines are broken or dashed, crossing the double yellow is likely allowed, but is still not an excuse for careless or negligent driving. For instance, if the double line closest to the driver is dashed, then the driver may cross to pass another vehicle. It is also permissible to cross double yellow lines where the broken line closest to the driver creates a turning lane between opposite lanes of traffic. This type of traffic lane may be for both directions of traffic, so keep an eye out for arrows showing where to turn.
For more information on how to file a claim against a negligent driver who broke the law by illegally crossing over a double yellow line, contact San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.