Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC | attorneys at law

Avoid accidents by knowing when you can safely pass other cars

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2022 | Car Accidents

Passing on the road isn’t uncommon. After all, if you get behind a slow driver, farm equipment or large truck, you may want to get around them and get on with your day. 

However, before moving into another lane, consider the lines. The yellow lines in the center of the road let you know when (and if) it is safe to pass. Knowing what these lines mean is imperative to staying safe and avoiding an accident. 

What do the yellow lines mean anyway?

If you want to pass, look at the road. Knowing the meaning of the yellow lights lets, you know when it is safe to pass or if you should stay put. The lines you will see include:

  • Two solid yellow lines: No passing in either direction (usually found on hills, curves and other areas with limited visibility).
  • One solid line and one dotted line: The vehicles which are on the side with the dotted line can pass when it is safe to do so, but the vehicles on the side of the road with the solid line cannot pass.
  • Single dotted line: If it is safe, vehicles going both ways can pass. 

Unfortunately, there are too many drivers who don’t follow the “rules of the road” and attempt to pass when it is not permitted. This increases the likelihood of an accident significantly. 

Stay safe on the road

Knowing what the yellow lines mean on the road is going to help you stay safe while driving and keep others safe. If you are injured in an accident that is caused by someone who passes when they don’t have the right to do so, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Knowing your legal options will help you protect yourself and your rights.