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Driving on the right shoulder: More than just legally risky

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Car Accidents

Driving on the shoulder may seem like a harmless shortcut, but it’s actually legally risky and physically dangerous. Most drivers give in to the temptation and use the shoulder when running late or stuck in traffic. However, shoulder driving is illegal in Tennessee, and for good reason.

It can cause devastating accidents and put others’ lives at risk of accidents and injuries.

It causes accidents and damages

There are real risks to driving on the shoulder. Here are some of them:

  • Sideswiping cars merging back into traffic unexpectedly
  • Losing control due to uneven pavement or obstacles
  • Startling other drivers, increasing chances of rear-end crashes
  • Colliding with debris on the shoulder

For instance, one driver thought they could bypass traffic by using the shoulder on Interstate 40 in Roane County. However, they ended up hitting a guardrail and overturning their semi-truck, blocking the shoulder and causing a two-vehicle crash.

Keep the reckless driver accountable for any injuries

Driving on the shoulder is a reckless and illegal choice that jeopardizes everyone’s safety. Not only that, but it also increases the risk of catastrophic accidents and injuries. The shoulder is meant for emergencies, not impatient drivers looking to bypass traffic.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent driver who used the shoulder illegally, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Don’t let their careless actions go unanswered–hold them accountable and get the justice you deserve.

However, holding the driver liable for your injuries and property damage can be difficult. The process involves many steps and requirements. To protect your rights and interests, you need to gather evidence, document damages and navigate legal procedures. For these reasons, you should consider the help of a legal professional. A legal professional can advocate for your rights, build a strong case and help you maximize the compensation you deserve.