While you may have grown accustomed to driving every day, it is important to remember that your driver’s license is a privilege—not a right. You are required to comply with a number of rules and regulations when you are behind the wheel. At Valiente Mott, we are well-versed in the 10 most forgotten driving laws in Utah, and if are seriously hurt in an accident due to the negligence of another party, schedule a free consultation with us. The laws are as follows:
1. Wear Your Seatbelt
Without a doubt, one of the traffic rules that is forgotten the most is wearing a seatbelt. State law requires drivers and passengers alike to be buckled up a all times in a moving vehicle. Drivers can also be ticketed if a passenger under the age of 19 is not wearing a seatbelt.
2. Keep your registration in your vehicle
All too often, drivers forget to have a copy of their vehicle registration with them when they are in the car.
3. Open containers of alcohol are illegal
It is not just drinking and driving that is outlawed in Utah. Even if you are sober, you cannot drive with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle with you.
4. Do not use your mobile device while driving
The law does not allow drivers to use handheld devices when their vehicle is moving. This means no texting, no answering emails, and no streaming video.
5. Teenagers require additional approval to drive
For adults, you just need a license to get behind the wheel. That is not the case for teenagers. Drivers who are 16 have to complete day and night driving hours as part of their education. They also cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. without exceptions.
6. Wear a helmet on your motorcycle
Motorcyclists must wear a helmet. This only applies to riders under the age of 21.
7. Rely on your turn signals
Some drivers have a hard time remembering when to use their turn signals. You should be signaling when you turn as well as when you make a lane change.
8. Yielding the right-of-way
You have to yield the right-of-way, especially when you come to a four-way stop. Generally, you must yield to the vehicle that arrives at the intersection first.
9. Mind your speed
Speeding is dangerous. When you travel at high speeds, you increase the risk of a collision with other motorists.
10. Insure your vehicle
Registering your vehicle is not enough. The law also requires you to carry a minimum level of liability insurance in order to operate your vehicle in Utah.
Schedule a free consultation with Valiente Mott following an accident
Despite your best efforts, following the rules of the road might not be enough to prevent an accident. If you are injured in a collision with a negligent driver, the Salt Lake City car accident lawyers of Valiente Mott is here to help. If you want to discuss your personal injury case, call us for a free consultation today.