Other Driver Crossed Center Line into me: Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney Explains Liability


July 21, 2016

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Albuquerque Car Accidents Caused When Other Car Drove Over the Center Line

We know that we are supposed to drive on the right side of the road.  We need to stay in our designated lanes.  And we need to avoid collisions with other vehicles, people, or objects on or near the roadway.  The center line in the middle of the road is what helps designate the two directions of traffic.  When a vehicle crosses the center line into the oncoming lane, that can result in a very serious head on collision causing serious personal injuries or even death.  This type of accident crossing the center line is almost always a product of negligence.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico car accident caused by a driver crossing the center line into your oncoming lane of traffic, contact the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys are the Mark Caruso today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 308-1556.  We have handled many motor vehicle accidents where one driver crosses the center line, including very serious tractor trailer or commercial truck accidents.  We will fight for your right to the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

New Mexico Law Requires All Vehicles to Travel on the Right Side of the Road and Not Cross the Center Line

While we all know that we need to drive to the right of the center line and not cross the center line, most people do not know where that law is and how it works.  Under New Mexico Stat. 66-7-308 requires “[u]pon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway and where practicable, entirely to the right of the center thereof[.]”  There are four exceptions, none which neglect the requirement to cross the center line “where practicable” only—which is generally understood to mean when safely.

When a driver crosses the center line he violates the statute.  If a driver who crosses the center line causes a motor vehicle accident resulting in personal injuries, he may be found automatically negligent as a matter of law.  This is because of the doctrine known as negligence per se, which holds a driver liable for negligence when he violates of a statute where the statute is meant to protect against a certain harm (such as car accidents) and protects a certain class of persons (other people on the roadway).

Contact our Albuquerque Car Accident Attorneys if the Defendant Crosses the Center Line and Causes Your Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque car accident when another driver crosses the center line, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 308-1556  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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