Have you hit by car that was illegally crossing a double yellow line? In California, absent a few exceptions, it is against the law to cross a double yellow line. In fact, California Vehicle Code (VC) § 21460 clearly states that it is illegal to drive to the left of a double solid yellow line. Double yellow lines are usually painted on the road, but the law permits raised pavement markers to be used to indicate double lines.
Common examples of when drivers illegally cross a double yellow line in the Woodland Hills area include:
- To get into the carpool lane before the lines break and allow the safe changing of lanes into the carpool lane, often done in the hopes of avoiding traffic on the 101
- To make an illegal u-turn
- To pass you when the impatient driver thinks you are driving too slow
These examples are not exhaustive. If you or a loved one was injured by a driver illegally crossing double yellow lines, that driver is likely at fault for your injuries. Discuss your potential for financial recovery with an experienced auto accident attorney in Woodland Hills.
What is a double yellow line?
Double solid yellow lines on a road indicate a no passing zone. A driver is not allowed to drive to the left of these lines unless he or she is:
- Turning left at an intersection
- Turning into or out of a private road or driveway
- In a carpool lane that has a designated entrance on the left
Injuries caused by illegally changing lanes
The auto accidents that result from a negligent driver unsafely and illegally changing lanes despite the presence of double yellow lines can often be serious. Often, the passenger side of the innocent driver’s car is the most badly damaged. This may mean that your loved ones who are riding in your car as passengers are put in great danger by the reckless driving of another. Injuries can include broken bones, brain trauma, and more.
If you or any of your family members or friends are injured by a driver who is not following the rules of the road, know that California law is on your side. You and/or your loved ones may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospital visits, pain and suffering, and more.
For more information on how to file a claim against a negligent driver, or to discuss your case with a free consultation, contact experienced Woodland Hills auto accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.