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What are the left-lane restrictions for trucks?

When a large truck has an accident with a passenger vehicle, it is almost always the passenger vehicle that sustains the most damage. Occupants of the passenger vehicle also usually suffer more sufficient injuries. This is because of the great difference in the sizes of the vehicles. However, we need large trucks to distribute goods. Because trucks and passenger vehicles have to co-exist, the state of Texas has enacted laws to help keep everyone safer on the roads. One of those laws, according to FleetOwner, is the left-lane restrictions.

Left-lane restrictions are laws that say trucks cannot travel in the left lane of a multiple lane roadway. If the law applies to a road, there are posted signs stating so. Only trucks with three or more axles have to follow this law. If found breaking the law, the driver may get a fine. There is an exception. You may use the left lane if you use it to pass other vehicles or to exit the roadway.

This law is meant to help with traffic flow. It may stop abrupt speed changes that can lead to accidents. In addition, it makes passing safer for other vehicles. It also limits lane changes by large trucks that put everyone at risk. The overall goal is it will reduce the number of accidents involving large trucks.

If you drive a truck, you need to watch out for the posted signs and ensure you abide by the left-lane restrictions. This information is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice.

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