Have you ever noticed the solid white line etched onto the roadway as you approach an intersection with a stop sign (like the one pictured here)?
Most people have, and the “limit line”, as it’s called, serves an important purpose.
The limit line delineates the beginning of an intersection, where cars are supposed to stop before proceeding.
As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I can tell you that I’ve handled cases where cars have stopped too far out into the intersection, beyond the limit line.
One of those cases involved a pedestrian who was hit by a car at such an intersection. The driver in that case was texting, but even if she wasn’t, she was at fault because she didn’t stop at the limit line.
Technically, any car that pulls out beyond the limit line is blocking the intersection, and would probably be responsible in the event of a collision.
Many intersections in Los Angeles are tricky to navigate. There are a multitude of factors to take into consideration, such as vehicle and pedestrian traffic. I’ve personally witnessed too many close calls as a result of cars blowing past the limit line because they’re in a hurry and want to assert themselves at a busy intersection.
As the Rabbi Lawyer, I can tell you that that’s definitely not kosher.
It’s never a good idea to stop past the limit line. Aggressive drivers who do this often find themselves responsible for causing dangerous collisions.
Stop at the limit line, then inch forward and proceed when it’s clear.
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