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Hit While Passing a Truck on the Right

Posted on: March 20, 2017

passing a truck on the right

Passing slower traffic on a multi-lane highway or interstate is always a maneuver to be approached with caution. Many accidents involve motor vehicles passing one another going in the same direction at varying speeds. Special care must be exercised when passing a truck on the right. Vehicle blind spots, obstructions to vision, weather conditions and more all contribute to a driving operation that is normally accomplished in just a few seconds. For this reason, many states include specific instructions and even prohibitions regarding passing other vehicles, especially when overtaking another vehicle on the right.

Oklahoma Law-Passing a Truck on the Right

Oklahoma Statutes Title 47 provides specific guidelines concerning motor vehicles passing one another on differing types of roadways. When passing a truck on the right, or any other vehicle, drivers must follow these guidelines. Specifically, sections §47-11-303 and 47-11-304 state:

Section §47-11-303. The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:

  1. The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.
  2. Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

Section §47-11-304. When overtaking on the right is permitted.

(a) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:

  1. When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;
  2. Upon a street or highway with unobstructed pavement not occupied by parked vehicles of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles in each direction;
  3. Upon a one-way street, or upon any roadway on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement, where the roadway is free from obstructions and of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles.

(b) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting such movement in safety.  In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway.

Experienced Traffic Attorneys

Motor vehicle accidents involve many factors. If you were in an accident while passing a truck on the right, you have rights. Edwards and Patterson Law are your motor vehicle accident experts in Tulsa, McAlester, and eastern Oklahoma. We care about your loss, and we can help you gain the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call 877-403-8417 to schedule your free consultation with our legal team.

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