Illegal or Unsafe Lane Changes

Unsafe lane changes are among the most frequent infractions leading to traffic tickets on the streets and highways of Raleigh.  Police and North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers will not hesitate to pull over a driver who commits an illegal lane change.  By law, you are required to use your turn signals before making a lane change, early enough to alert other drivers of the maneuver.  Failure to signal, both when moving to the passing lane and when returning to the right lane, is grounds for a traffic stop.  You can also be ticketed if you change lanes without keeping a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and behind.  Many drivers receive tickets for not observing restrictions on lane changes in construction zones.

Most tickets for an illegal lane change will cost the driver around $1,000 and in a majority of cases, it is a 2-point infraction in the point system which can result in a 45% insurance premium surcharge.  Driver improvement clinics may be mandated.  If the ticket leaves you with more than 12 points in 3 years, your license may be suspended.  An experienced attorney can help you challenge the ticket and avoid these consequences.

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Our determined legal team has helped individuals and families with thousands of lane change tickets and criminal cases and assisted countless others with their differing legal needs.  Serving clients throughout The Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, we fight aggressively to help those in need.  We offer a free consultation and affordable rates to help you pursue the just outcome you deserve.

Raleigh Traffic Tickets

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The Law Offices of J.M. Kotzker will can review the specifics of your case and develop a strategic approach to the situation.  We are adept at effectively fighting speeding tickets and red light tickets and tickets or charges relating to high speed violationsreckless drivingillegal/unsafe lane changesfailure to yield to an emergency vehicle and passing a stopped school bus.  Read more about traffic tickets

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