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Drive in the RIGHT Lane

December 22, 2020 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

A Fort Myers car accident lawyer reminds drivers of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV’s) warning to drive in the right lane and pass in the left lane.

Drive in the RIGHT Lane - Spivey LawFlorida Statute 316.081(1) regarding driving on the right side of roadway says:

(1) Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:

(a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

(b) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; provided any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;

(c) Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or

(d) Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic.

“Drivers must not continue to drive a vehicle in the far left lane when being overtaken by a faster moving vehicle. When preparing to move into the right lane, you must indicate your intention to change lanes by using your vehicle's right turn signal. While in the far right lane, watch for vehicles entering the highway. Adjust your speed or move over so that they may safely enter the highway,” according to FLHSMV.

Following the “Drive in the RIGHT Lane” law will prevent vehicle crashes. When dealing with irresponsible drivers, Randall Spivey, a Fort Myers car accident lawyer at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says there are five steps that can reduce your chances of being an accident victim:

  1. Drive calmly. Do not respond to aggressive drivers with aggression.
  2. Buckle up. Wearing a seatbelt is the law and prevents you and your passengers from being thrown around in an accident causing injury and death.
  3. Be a smart driver. Make smart decisions by not driving drunk, speeding and always following the traffic laws. 
  4. Know your surroundings. Before changing lanes, scan the front, back, and both sides for potential dangers. Watch for hazards that may enter the roadway, such as other vehicles, children, and animals.
  5. Be a defensive driver. Learn how to spot reckless drivers. Report anyone driving recklessly. Highway on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections can be particularly dangerous. Should another driver be following too closely, you can pull over to allow him/her to pass.

“If you or a loved one is injured in a vehicle accident, please contact our experienced Fort Myers car accident lawyers. We are available to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Randall Spivey.


Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact  Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.





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