If you drive the freeways during rush hour, it’s impossible to miss the many carpool violations that occur every day. Crossing the double yellow lines, double white lines, or even quadruple lines to dash into or out of the carpool lane is incredibly dangerous, putting other motorists on the road at risk. If you listen to the radio on your drive, you’ve surely heard about Sigalerts where the carpool and left lanes are closed due to an accident. Quite often, these crashes occur due to a driver attempting to enter or exit the carpool lane illegally.
The penalty for entering or exiting the carpool lane illegally costs a minimum $491. It is also considered a moving violation and is considered a point against your drivers license. Points against your drivers license can increase insurance rates and even lead to a suspension of driving privileges. It’s also incredibly dangerous. Any driver in the process of illegally changing to or from the carpool lane who is involved in a crash will almost certainly be placed at fault.
The other type of carpool violation is driving in the HOV lane without enough passengers or a HOV lane sticker. That fine is also a minimum $491, but doesn’t count against your driving record. Illegal usage of the carpool lane is akin to a parking ticket and is not a DMV point.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of car accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a negligent carpool lane driver, or any other negligent driver, our car accident lawyers can help you pay your medical bills and fix your car. Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free injury consultation.