According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 6.7 million police-reported motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2018. These accidents included over 33,000 fatal accidents, over 36,000 traffic crash victim fatalities, and almost 1.9 million injuries. These figures include over 4.8 million instances of accidents only involving property damage as well. In short, motor vehicle accidents are highly common, and they can affect anyone at any time.
A common cause of motor vehicle accidents is unsafe lane changes. There are many reasons a driver may execute an unsafe lane change, and there are many ways such accidents can happen. What they all share, however, is that they are all dangerous and can cause serious bodily injuries and extensive property and vehicle damage. Contact the Cincinnati unsafe lane change accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC today for assistance with your accident case. You can reach our team at (513) 407-4521.
Understanding Unsafe Lane Changes
Unsafe lane changes are recognized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as a dangerous moving violation for commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks. However, unsafe lane change accidents can also involve vehicles of other types, such as passenger vehicles, delivery vans, motorcycles, school buses, construction vehicles, and pedestrians, as well as roadside property and traffic control fixtures.
Anything that causes or contributes to a regular motor vehicle collision can lead to an unsafe lane change accident. If a driver speeds, drives recklessly or aggressively, is not familiar with the road, drives in poor lighting, or does not have the training or experience needed to operate his or her vehicle safely, an unsafe lane change accident can occur. Distracted, intoxicated, and drowsy drivers can also inadvertently change lanes or sway from one lane to another, causing an accident.
Merging too quickly or not adjusting speed while changing from faster to slower lanes or vice versa can also lead to an accident. Finally, damaged roads, sudden changes in traffic patterns, mechanical failures, poor vehicle servicing, and other drivers’ errors can lead to an accident.
Many unsafe lane change accidents involve large vehicles such as trucks and SUVs since these types of vehicles have blind spots and no-zones that are longer and wider than those of many other vehicle types. If the drivers of such vehicles attempt to change lanes without first ensuring that it is safe to do so or make errors while changing lanes, they may strike or get struck by another vehicle.
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Some of the leading causes of unsafe lane change accidents include:
- Not checking blind spots before changing lanes
- Changing lanes while traveling too fast or too slowly for the new lane
- Not checking both mirrors before changing lanes
- Changing more than one lane at the same time
- Distractions inside the vehicle that lead to swaying or drifting into adjacent lanes
- Not using turn signals correctly by signaling too soon before a lane change or not signaling at all
- Driving in low-visibility conditions
- Not exercising extra caution on crowded roadways or at busy intersections where a blocked line of sight can lead to a collision
The Cincinnati unsafe lane change accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC can help investigate your unsafe lane change case to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. Contact us at (513) 407-4521 to learn more. We can help with evidence collection, identifying compensable damages, quantifying your damages, and filing a claim with the right insurers if you have grounds for seeking compensation.
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Common Injuries and Damages
Common injuries seen in unsafe lane change accidents include:
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Broken, crushed, and fractured bones
- Nerve, muscle, ligament, and connective tissue damage
- Damage to internal organs
- Injuries to the face, eyes, ears, and head
- Cuts, bruises, abrasions, and lacerations
- Scarring, disfigurement, and minor to total physical paralysis
- Permanent loss of function in a limb, part of a limb, or partial or total amputations
In addition to physical injuries, unsafe lane change accidents can lead to economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Medical treatment expenses
- Lost income
- Lost ability to work
- Vehicle and property damage
- Funeral, burial, and cremation expenses
If your unsafe lane change accident was caused by the recklessness, negligence, or carelessness of another road user, you most likely have grounds for a personal injury claim. We discuss how to file a claim in the next section.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
To win a personal injury claim for damages sustained in an unsafe lane change accident, you must show that:
- The road user who caused the accident in question owed you a duty of driving safely and responsibly. This is known as the duty of care. In general, everyone operating a motor vehicle on public roadways is expected to drive safely, responsibly, and with due care for others’ safety and well-being.
- The actions of the other road user breached the duty of care.
- The breach in the duty of care was the direct or proximate cause of the accident.
- You suffered damages or losses in the accident that were possible to avoid if the at-fault party did not breach the duty of care.
To prove the above, you can use the official police report of your accident. The statements of eyewitnesses, dashcam or surveillance footage, vehicle service logs, and vehicle operator driving logs can show that the at-fault driver was guilty of some form of negligence that caused your accident. You can back your claim for damages using vehicle repair receipts, medical treatment invoices, wage or salary slips to prove lost income, or any other forms of proof of accident-related expenses or losses.
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Do not hesitate to contact the offices of a Cincinnati unsafe lane change accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC today for assistance with your personal injury claim. Contact our offices at (513) 407-4521 for a free case evaluation. We will walk you through everything you need to know about unsafe lane change accidents and can help you gather evidence and file a claim.