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Carrollton Failure to Maintain Lane Truck Accidents

Out of all the possible traffic violations you could possibly be cited for, face serious legal consequences and need the services of an Atlanta truck accident lawyer for, the failure to keep your vehicle within the confines of clearly marked lanes is one of the most common, probably not far behind speeding or running a red light. This is especially true if you are operating a commercial vehicle. As a professional driver, law enforcement will hold you to a higher standard than the average driver.

Georgia statutes state that “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”

This simply means that you have to operate your vehicle within the clearly marked painted lane lines, and if you change lanes, you have to do so safely, using your turn signals and not causing a hazard to the other vehicles around you.

In reality, this can be dangerous. Aggressive drivers often change lanes without signaling and with little regard for their fellow drivers, and as a result cause many accidents, resulting in fatalities and serious injury. This is especially true for commercial drivers operating large trucks, whose view from their sideview mirrors is easily obstructed, and with cars within their ‘blind zone’, meaning the area where their mirrors don’t show a vehicle, they can cause a major accident just by changing lanes if they don’t do so safely and with the proper signals.

It is also somewhat of a cash cow for law enforcement, because technically, if your tires cross the yellow line at any time without the proper signals, they can pull you over and give you a ticket. This is a tactic often used to pull over drivers that the police suspect of driving under the influence, (DUI), and in fact drunk drivers usually are weaving and crossing lane lines.

Contact a Failure to Maintain Lane Truck Accident Lawyer

Normally the fines for this type of traffic violation are small, however if you are operating a commercial vehicle it could cost you your job. And if you are found to have been driving recklessly and cause injury or death, you could be facing a prison term and high fines.

If you find yourself charged with a failure to maintain lane, especially if you have been involved in an accident that is being blamed on your failure to do so, it is absolutely vital that you retain the services of an attorney that is experienced in these types of violations, as well as the state and area that you’ve been charged in.

The Parian Law Firm in Atlanta has extensive experience in this type of case. Contact our failure to maintain lane truck accident lawyer today.