Driving can be a frustrating experience. We all grow weary behind the wheel at one time or another. When slower drivers hold us up or traffic jams stop us entirely, it can be tempting to ignore the rules of the road and find the quickest way out. While most of us do our best to exercise patience and caution in these situations, there are some drivers who do not. At times, these drivers engage in any number of behaviors that can put others on the road at risk, including improper passing.
What Is Improper Passing?
In general, all drivers are expected to exercise caution and never impede the safe operation of another vehicle. Passing on the road is legal, except in certain situations as set forth by Alaska state law. Improper passing would include:
- Passing in marked no-passing zones
- Passing on the right (with few specific exceptions)
- Passing when approaching a grade or curve that limits the view of the road ahead
- Passing when approaching an intersection or railroad crossing
- Passing when the road is not free of oncoming traffic
Additionally, once a driver has passed another vehicle, he may not return to the right lane until he is “safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.” Passing safely but cutting back into the right lane close to the passed car is prohibited under the law.
Improper Passing Can Cause Serious Injuries in Alaska
Improper passing is an especially risky behavior, as it often occurs at high speeds on highways or rural roads. It may take the passed driver by surprise or be part of a larger aggressive driving incident. As a result, drivers and passengers can suffer serious injuries, including neck injury, back injury, broken bones, lacerations, and much more.
The split second decision to pass when the traffic or conditions do not allow it can impact accident victims for years to come, forcing them to cope with physical injuries and face the stress of missed work and lost income.
Accident victims do have rights, however, and attorney Ben Crittenden has been an attentive, aggressive defender of those rights for many injured Alaskans. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a car accident, contact Ben today to find out how he may be able to help. Request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, or fill out the contact form on this page to hear back promptly.