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What is a lane departure crash?

Crashes that occur due to a driver leaving their lane, including
run-off-road, fixed object, head-on, rollover, and sideswipe crash types (VHB).

When operating a vehicle, keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind on driving.


In 2019, over half of all fatal crashes involved a driver leaving the designated lane (NCDOT).

What causes a lane departure crash?

Lane departure crashes result from a number of root causes.


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Environmental conditions

Rain, snow, ice, wind, or fog.

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Vehicle maintenance

Brakes and tire pressure.

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Road conditions and design

Curves, banking, or superelevation.

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