Is it illegal to change lane across a solid white lane?

Okay so I was in one of the two left turn lanes (the one on the right), and there were about three cars in front of me. I decided to pass the solid white line to enter the lane next to me that was empty. I checked if the coast was clear and it was. As soon as I peeked the front into the lane, this lady s car pulled

Okay so I was in one of the two left turn lanes (the one on the right), and there were about three cars in front of me. I decided to pass the solid white line to enter the lane next to me that was empty. I checked if the coast was clear and it was. As soon as I peeked the front into the lane, this lady s car pulled up really fast and rammed into the corner of my car. There s a huge dent on my fender. She could ve honked at least! Who s most at fault here? Me or her.

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Jimmy T:
In all cases, if you are making a lane change of any kind it is your responsibility to make sure the way is clear at all times. Her speed may have been a contributing factor, but the bulk of the fault lies on you. She is not obligated to blow her horn or otherwise signal to you. Much as you would like to shift the blame, you can't in this case.

Unless posted, a solid white line "discourages" lane changing. A double white line is the same as a double yellow – do not cross.

This would be a good time to reevaluate your driving habits. You only had three cars in front of you, so it was very likely that you would be able to make the turn when the light changed. There was really no good reason for you to have to get to the head of the line in the other lane. It might have shaved seconds off of your travel time (which would be lost at the next red light anyway), but it certainly shaved a lot of green from your wallet. Be more relaxed and smooth in your driving habits. Would you prefer to arrive minutes late or many hundreds of dollars poorer?

Doug Freyburger:
Yes it is illegal. People change lanes across a solid white line all the time and tickets are rarely given for it. Still illegal.

If you were hit, you did not have room to do that lane change. The fact that you crossed a solid white line makes it automatically your fault.

hafizur rahman:
You must argue your point strenuously in hopes that the insurer decides to absorb and not recover the loss from you. Stress that her passing maneuver (and it had to be a passing) was reckless and done for sole reason to race ahead by blocking you in an aggressive manner. Your aim is to fend off the possibility of being held fully at fault if any at fault. As for the fog striping (white), only yellow is prohibitive in all states and territories. White is for guidance purpose but has no prohibitive value, in fact, in many circumstances must be violated by law. For example, you must cross a bike lane stripe and enter the bike lane to make a right turn adjacent to the curb or road edge, yielding only to a bike that is already in front of you. You may not cross a bike lane to make a right turn.
s:
Here's the situation in a nutshell. It will boil down to whether or not you made too abrupt, possibly un-signaled, lane change, or whether or not she attempted an unlawful pass. On the open road, the unlawful pass is likely to take precedent if for no other reason than police &or investigator poor judgment and skill. Additionally, the more youthful driver is apt to be forced arbitrarily to take the blame. You must argue your point strenuously in hopes that the insurer decides to absorb and not recover the loss from you. Stress that her passing maneuver (and it had to be a passing) was reckless and done for sole reason to race ahead by blocking you in an aggressive manner. Your aim is to fend off the possibility of being held fully at fault if any at fault. As for the fog striping (white), only yellow is prohibitive in all states and territories. White is for guidance purpose but has no prohibitive value, in fact, in many circumstances must be violated by law. For example, you must cross a bike lane stripe and enter the bike lane to make a right turn adjacent to the curb or road edge, yielding only to a bike that is already in front of you. You may not cross a bike lane to make a right turn.
Douglas:
A solid line, means no lane changing. It's not a choice. It is a law. If you messed up and caused a wreck, you are at fault. There is nothing you can do, other than to lie like hell and hope someone believes you.
Richard:
Depends on your local driving laws.

One source I found says that crossing a single white line (such as those marking the shoulder, between lanes at a stoplight (your situation), or between lanes on an on- or off-ramp is not illegal, but is "discouraged." So you can cross it, legally, but you should take all reasonable precautions when you do.

From your description, it sounds as though the lady hit you… which is usually going to land most of the blame on them, unless they can show that the accident was unavoidable due to your actions.

Best bet, get a legal opinion from a lawyer.

wallace:
Illegal to cross a solid white line, but she knew that and sped up to hit you so she could get some money
mercado:
Illegal to cross a solid white line, but she knew that and sped up to hit you so she could get some money
Trebor:
You are not allowed to change lanes until the pavement is solid white, that is typically in curvy and with one single line for driving.
Sutherland:
Illegal to cross a solid white line, but she knew that and sped up to hit you so she could get some money

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