On April 18, a man was attempting to make a left turn on his ATV when the motorcyclist behind him attempted to pass him, causing a crash in Anderson County. The motorcyclist was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. This accident is a reminder that it is important to take the proper precautions when passing another vehicle.
- When passing another vehicle on a two-lane road, make sure you can safely pass before encountering oncoming traffic. This includes giving yourself time to get back in your correct lane before oncoming traffic arrives. When in doubt, wait to pass the vehicle.
- Only pass another vehicle when it is legal to do so. This includes not crossing solid yellow lines as well as not going off the road to pass another vehicle.
- On a multi-lane road, check to be sure there is room for your vehicle before you switch lanes. Sometimes, this will mean waiting for another vehicle to pass before you switch lanes.
- When passing a stopped vehicle, make sure you are aware of why the vehicle is stopped before trying to pass the vehicle. For example, it might be safe to pass a vehicle that is turning, but if the vehicle is stopped to allow children to cross a crosswalk, you need to wait too.
- Be sure you pass a stopped vehicle on the correct side. If a driver is turning left, passing on the left side is unsafe. If a driver is turning right, it is not going to be safe to pass on the right side. Be sure there is room to pass and that you can legally pass the vehicle on that side.
- When in doubt about a stopped driver’s intentions, wait to pass. The driver may have forgotten to use a blinker, or there might be a road hazard you cannot see from your vantage point. Patience is one of the keys to safe driving.
Unfortunately, other drivers might be distracted or otherwise not drive safely. If you were injured by another driver’s unsafe driving, contact us. Our auto accident lawyers will gladly discuss the specifics of your case with you.