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Did another driver unsafely cut across a gore area?

Many people may understandably feel nervous when they drive in unfamiliar areas or on busy Florida highways and interstate roads. These roads often have more heavy traffic than two-lane roads, and you may have to merge into traffic and veer off the highway in order to exit.

These maneuvers can seem intimidating, and even if you are already on the highway, you may worry about other drivers cutting in front of you or not paying attention to signs and symbols that help keep the roadways more organized and safer.

The gore area

Highways and interstates commonly have long entrance and exit ramps that allow drivers to pick up speed before entering traffic and to slow down before exiting the highway. These ramps also give drivers already on the highway time to notice other vehicles attempting to come onto or leave the road. In addition to the lengthy ramps, the roads may also have gore areas.

Gore areas are triangular shaped areas of the road typically marked with solid white lines. The triangular shape tends to narrow as drivers approach a highway from an entrance ramp and widens as they use the exit ramp. These areas separate the ramps and the highway in efforts to have a smoother transition as vehicles enter and exit the highway.

Cutting across a gore area

Although the idea behind these gore areas relates to increasing safety for merging vehicles, not every driver wants to respect that notion. In some cases, it is legal to cut across a gore area, like if the area is only marked with a single white line. In other instances, it is not legal, and the markings to indicate this fact are double white lines around the gore area, signs that say, "do not cross" and grassy areas in the designated zone.

Each area has its own laws and regulations relating to gore areas. Still, the gap that gore areas create on highways can make it difficult for drivers trying to merge onto the highway to see the traffic already on the road. As a result, it is typically not wise to try to cut across a gore area for safety reasons. In the event that a person does cut across this area and causes an accident that results in your suffering serious injuries, you may want to consider your legal options.

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