Auto Accidents Caused by Improper Lane Changes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 9 percent of all auto accidents involve improper lane changes, also known as merging accidents. These auto accidents can be particularly catastrophic because they often take place at high speeds on multi-lane highways and freeways. Indeed, according to an April 2017 report published by the Insurance Information Institute, 3,770 drivers and motorcycle operators were involved in fatal crashes involving the failure to stay in the proper lane or running off the road in 2014 alone.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver who made an improper lane change, or if you tragically lost a family member in such an accident, you have rights. The experienced legal team of the Charpentier Law Firm can help to ensure that those rights are asserted and that you are properly compensated for your losses and expenses. We have extensive experience and a history of success in handling cases involving auto accidents and improper lane changes in and around the Melbourne, FL area. We would be privileged to provide you with the superior legal representation you need during your time of greatest need.
To arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case, please contact the Charpentier Law Firm today.
Causes of Improper Lane Change Accidents
It is the responsibility of every driver to remain in his or her lane of traffic unless he or she is allowed to move into an adjacent lane by law, whether to pass another vehicle or to occupy that lane for a longer stretch. Whatever the case, he or she cannot move into that lane until it is safe to do so. If he or she merges into that lane before it is safe to do so, he or she can be held responsible for any accident that results.
The most common causes of improper lane change accidents include:
- Failure to confirm that the adjacent lane is clear before making a lane change
- Swerving into the adjacent lane due to being distracted by technology such as cell phone use
- Swerving into the adjacent lane due to other distractions such as eating while driving, reading while driving, or driver fatigue
- Loss of control of the vehicle due to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Inability to see the divisions between lanes due to poor visibility due to rain, fog, snow, inadequate lighting, or other conditions
- Loss of control of the vehicle due to an automotive defect
Motorcyclists are often victims of improper lane change accidents because drivers of cars and trucks are not properly vigilant before making lane changes. Whatever the nature of your improper lane change accident, our personal injury attorneys will use all of the resources at their disposal to present the strongest case possible on your behalf.
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