Details Regarding The Lane Change Driving Law In British Columbia

Most of the lane changing rules for drivers in British Columbia leave the same driver in no doubt, as to the rules’ meaning. A few laws, though, are harder to understand. Consequently, some of issues raised by accidents that took place when a driver was changing lanes have triggered calls for a lawyer.

Laws with a clear meaning, in regard to the changing of lanes:

Note the line’s color: A white line indicates that all the lanes on that road direct traffic in one single direction. A yellow line indicates that you are traveling on a 2-way street. Traffic runs in opposite directions on the opposing sides of the yellow line.

Note, too, whether the line is solid or broken: If solid/white, drivers should not cross that particular marking (line). If broken/white, drivers can cross it and change lanes, as long as that is done in a cautious manner. If broken/yellow, drivers can cross it while passing. Where there is one solid yellow and one broken of the same color, a driver can pass, when on the side with the broken line.

A stated law that has confused motorists:

According to one statement of that particular law, a motorist should not cross a double yellow/solid line in any situation. According to a different reading of the same law, a driver has the right to pass a double yellow line, if that action can be carried out in a safe manner.

So, who is liable if an accident takes place while a driver is crossing a set of paired yellow/solid lines? Frequently, the search for the answer to such a question leads the 2 involved parties into a courtroom.

Both parties should have a Car Accident Lawyer in Victoria. That member of the legal profession needs to establish the nature of the action taken by the driver that crossed the paired, solid/yellow demarcation. Was that action carried out in a safe manner? Is there evidence to support that fact? Those are 2 of the questions that an attorney must try to answer, if supporting the driver that attempted to cross the paired lines.

What was the driver’s purpose when crossing that demarcation? Was that driver planning to pass another vehicle? Such intentions would work in favor of the person that chose to cross the paired lines. The lawyer would have to prove the intent of the responsible driver.

Was the driver aware of the existence of the conflicting law? How had the driver attempted to reconcile the 2 contradictory laws? Such information might push the jury to side with the confused person seated behind the steering wheel. After all, any one of the jurors might one day be in the same position.