5 Nebraska traffic laws most drivers don’t know about
Omaha, NE – Most drivers in Nebraska unknowingly break the law every day by ignoring traffic laws few heard about or remember from the days they were just getting their license. This article will present to you the most commonly ignored traffic laws in Nebraska. They can help you avoid a crash, but they can also prove crucial if you were injured in an accident and want to claim damages.
The “Move Over” Rule
If you are driving slower than the normal speed of traffic, you must drive in the right lane. If there is no right lane available, then you must drive as far to the right as you possibly can. This does not apply when you overtake another vehicle or are preparing for a left turn.
The “Minimum Speed” Rule
When talking about speed limits, most drivers will think of the maximum allowed, but there’s also a minimum speed that must be observed. It is illegal to drive on the freeway at less than 40 mph. Also, be on the lookout for signs that might impose a different minimum speed. Local authorities may impose another minimum speed limit if traffic in an area is consistently delayed by slow-moving vehicles.
I you crashed into a car that was going at a very low speed, your Omaha car accident lawyers may use this law to prove the driver in front of you was negligent. You were not going too fast, they were going too slow so they can be held accountable for damages.
The “Hands-Free Driving” Rule
In Nebraska, it is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone to text or email while driving. They can only make a call or send a message using hands-free technology. The only exception allowed refers to emergency situations, such as calling the police to report an accident or ask for help.
The “Passing on the Left” Rule
When passing another vehicle, you must signal and then pass on the left. Make sure you have completely cleared the other vehicle before returning to the right side.
If another driver is passing you, the law requires you to yield the right-of-way. You cannot increase your speed until the other vehicle has finished passing you. Failure to yield is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Nebraska. Be careful when hiring a lawyer to help you with your claim. Look for experienced car accident lawyers, not attorneys who do a bit of everything. You need someone with many years of practice and good knowledge of the most obscure traffic laws.
The “Following Too Closely” Rule
Tailgating is another common cause of rear-end accidents in Nebraska. Following another vehicle more closely than is “reasonable and prudent” is illegal. If you were involved in an accident caused by a driver who was tailgating you, your lawyers will argue that constitutes negligence and they are liable for damages.
If you were recently injured in a car accident in Nebraska, schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney at the Rensch & Rensch Law firm, with offices in Omaha and Columbus. Their attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t owe them anything unless they win your case.
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