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Passing risks that people keep taking

Passing another car, especially on a two-lane road, is one of the most dangerous things that you can do while driving. You intentionally enter the oncoming traffic lanes, driving the wrong direction, even if just for a short time.

That said, it is possible to pass safely and effectively. There are times when you can't avoid it. This doesn't eliminate the risk entirely, but it can make it much safer.

When people take unneeded risks, they put everyone in danger. Some of the most dangerous things people do while passing include:

  • Passing when they are going over a hill and they cannot see if oncoming traffic is approaching.
  • Passing when there is a curve ahead that seriously limits their visibility.
  • Passing when weather conditions make it too difficult to see; this is a problem in heavy rain, snow and fog.
  • Passing when there is a school bus ahead and the bus is unloading or loading children.
  • Passing when it is clear that cars are coming in the opposite lanes and they don't have enough space.
  • Passing over a solid yellow line, rather than waiting for a passing zone.

Some of these things, like passing a school bus or crossing a solid yellow line, are so dangerous that they're illegal. Unfortunately, that does not stop all drivers from taking the risks. In our modern society, many drivers feel like they are constantly in a hurry, and they'll break the law to get somewhere just a little sooner.

Those who get injured in accidents with these drivers need to know how to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and related costs.

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