Having a thorough understanding of the road rules in Alabama – and complying with them – is essential for licensed drivers in our great state. Alabama law specifically indicates that all drivers must be licensed in order to operate a motor vehicle on the public streets, roadways, highways and tolls roads of our state.
However, with a 1.7 percent increase in the number of fatalities due to motor vehicle collisions, which amounted to 1,161 drivers involved in fatal crashes across the state in 2010, it’s a warning sign to motorists that they must pay better attention to Alabama road rules when behind the wheel.
In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and car crashes each year, the founder of the Citrin Law Firm – Andy Citrin – created the Citrin Safety Foundation.
Targeted at young drivers, the Foundation is dedicated to providing accurate information and educational tools for drivers throughout Alabama, with the hope of reducing accident injuries across all age groups.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to another motorists neglect of the Alabama road rules, the auto accident attorney from Citrin Law Firm can help to guide you through the personal injury litigation process and help to pursue compensation for any injuries you may have sustained in the accident.
To learn more, simply fill out a Free Case Review form on this page.
Rules of the Road
Statistically speaking, approximately 50 percent of all auto accidents occur within just 25 miles of the motorist’s home. While driver negligence becomes a serious risk for drivers who disregard Alabama road rules, by following the rules of the road listed below, Alabama residents are much less likely to be involved in a traffic collision.
Right of Way
It is imperative that motorists are aware of the right of way rules that exist in our state. When two vehicles approach an uncontrolled T-intersection, an unsigned intersection, a four-way stop, or an unmarked pedestrian crosswalk, they must adhere to the right of way rule. Drivers must yield to motorists who have arrived first or must yield in a manner that puts all motorists in the safest position possible.
Basic Speed Limits
In Alabama, drivers must always remain within the posted speed limits on all locations. Unless otherwise posted, statutory speed limits include:
- 30 mph in an urban district
- 35 mph on unpaved roads
- 45 mph on county paved roads
- 55 mph in other locations
- 65 mph where posted
…. and 70 mph where posted on the interstate.
Regardless of the posted speed limit, drivers may need to reduce speeds below the posted limit in order to drive safely within the flow of traffic. Outside factors may cause a decrease in the overall speed of traffic. Alabama motorists must account for bad weather, road conditions, and additional factors while behind the wheel.
Safety Belt Rules
Alabama law requires all motorists, regardless of age, to be restrained by a safety belt while in the front-seats of a vehicle. Occupants must remain belted for the entire duration that the vehicle is on. Children through the age of 14 must always be restrained by a safety belt while in any motor vehicle in Alabama.
Changing Lanes and Passing
Alabama road rules state that solid yellow center lines indicate a no passing area in a two lane roadway. Improper or careless passing has been the cause of countless traffic fatalities in Alabama. Prior to both passing and changing lanes, motorists must ensure that the lane is clear, turning signals are used, and blind spots are thoroughly checked.
Sharing the Road
Not all motorists operate a car or truck. Alabama road rules also account for motorcycles, large vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. All vehicles must share the road with any form of transportation, ensuring that even the smaller vehicles are given adequate respect on the road.
Mandatory Liability Insurance Act
After passing a law in 2000, all Alabama motorists must carry a certification of insurance. Officers will randomly check to see whether or not motor vehicle liability insurance coverage is present. When stopped, Alabama drivers must show proof of insurance.
Alabama law requires that all motorists on the road to vacate the closest lanes as an emergency vehicle approaches with flashing lights. If changing lanes is unsafe or impossible, the driver is required to slow to a speed 15 mph below the posted speed limit.
Have Questions? Contact Our Alabama Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured by another motorist, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries – including the costs associated with receiving treatment for them.
Having proudly served injury victims for decades, the team of attorneys here at the Citrin Law Firm, we have the compassion and dedication to fight for your rights and MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
Our primary office is located in Mobile AL, and we provide cost effective, comprehensive legal guidance to residents throughtout:
- Mobile County
- Baldwin County
- Coastal Alabama
- the Mississippi Gulf Coast
- the Florida Panhandle
…. and are ready to help you today.
To find out more, contact us at 251-888-8888. A member from our intake team will assist with your initial inquiry and then quickly connect you to one of our attorneys – it’s that easy.
Alternatively, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form located on this page.