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October 23, 2019 | Gary Burger

Do the Road Laws Affect My Claim?

How do the rules of the road affect an accident? Can certain rules change who is responsible for the accident? If you were involved in an accident while correctly following all of the rules of the road, does that mean that you aren't responsible for the accident?

In this FAQ we're going to detail how the rules of the road affect who is responsible when an accident happens. Guess what - The rules of the road are law, and when someone doesn't follow them and an accident happens, it definitely effects the accident and who is responsible. If you've been in an accident and you need immediate legal help, call our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.

Does Right-of-Way affect who is responsible in an Accident?

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Drivers have safety rules, and the safety rules apply in a variety of circumstances, whether it’s who yields the right of way, whether it’s how to pass another car, whether it’s what do you do on the highway, and whatever the circumstances, and also there are rules of the road for change circumstances, so if there’s rain or snow or fog or icy conditions or dark or lights out on a road in a city, there are rules for that. So, it’s important and it’s incumbent on a licensed driver to know the rules of the road.

It's also crucial and important to understand that road signs and the yellow guidance lines on the road or highway are not suggestions, they are the law and they are there to protect you and other drivers from making reckless decisions. Double Yellow Line means no passing. Dotted Yellow line allows passing. Merge signs, no merge signs, no right on red, etc, these laws are important, and when someone doesn't follow them and causes an accident then they are directly in violation of the law and are more responsible for the accident.

When a driver violates the rules of the road and injures or kills someone else, they’re responsible for that harm. Drinking and driving, texting when driving, when you do these acts, they’re so unsafe that you cause injury to other people, you’re responsible for that harm, and you’re required to have insurance to cover yourself for that harm, and then if the other driver doesn’t have insurance, you as the injured person has uninsured coverage.

But let’s be clear that when a person is injured, their injury is solely due on the roadway, and if it’s solely due to the other driver’s negligence, then they have a claim for that, and these rules of the road violations have serious consequences. Vehicles have an amazing amount of force. They’re heavy, they’re going at high speeds, and they create injuries in people. Result is the effect of inertia. When you’re going at a speed and a car cuts in front of you and you go from 30 to 0 like that, your whole body inside the vehicle keeps going and it whiplashes and it causes trauma and effect on necks, other parts of your body, your head hits the steering wheel, other things. These cause damages and injuries in people for long periods of time.

Is the other driver liable if they didn't follow the road signs?

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People who have potential personal injury claims often don't take them on because they believe that they either can't afford a lawyer, or they can't afford the court costs or fees that can from a legal battle. With our Personal Injury Law Firm in St. Louis, you'll never pay anything unless we win your personal injury claim. We fight hard for the rights and recoveries of our clients, and we never settle for anything less than the full recovery that they are owed. If you family needs a dedicated and aggressive personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights, we can help you. Call our team at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.