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4 Legal Responsibilities All Drivers Have

When someone becomes a licensed driver, they take on responsibility for their own safety and the safety of all others on the road. To be as safe as possible, all drivers must follow the rules of the road. Let’s discuss five responsibilities that all drivers share.

1. Travel at a Reasonable Speed

Local agencies set speed limits based on numerous factors that ultimately determine the safest speed drivers can travel on the designated roads. Drivers are required by law to follow speed limits. Not following the posted limits can result in fines and car accidents caused by excessive and unsafe speeding.

2. Maintain Vehicle

Every year, California drivers must have their cars inspected. This is a legal requirement to ensure that the vehicle is properly maintained. When cars aren’t properly maintained, they may break down or malfunction, putting the driver and others at risk of an accident.

3. Be Alert and Aware of Surroundings

Drivers must be focused on the road in front of them, as well as any potential obstacles emerging from:

  • Side streets
  • Crosswalks
  • Intersections
  • Road work
  • Other vehicles

It is the driver’s responsibility to be alert while driving to do everything in their power to avoid an accident.

4. Drive Sober

Every state has laws in place for driving under the influence. Drivers can face criminal charges for getting behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol. They may face enhanced charges and penalties if their impairment led to an accident that caused someone injury or death.

Car Accident Personal Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles

When drivers do not follow their legal responsibilities and endanger others on the road, it can quickly lead to a serious accident. If you were hurt by a driver who was negligent or reckless, our team at Martinian Lawyers can assist you with your personal injury claim. Contact us today at (323) 850-1900 or fill out our online form and a member of our team will reach out to you about your case as soon as possible.