The Causes and Effects of Improper Lane Change Accidents
Errors made when changing lanes are some of the most common causes of automobile accidents. For example, the Palm Beach Post recently reported that a 62-year-old Connecticut man died in an early morning wreck on Interstate 95 in Hobe Sound after the van he was riding in was struck by another vehicle as it changed lanes. According to authorities, the man was a passenger in a 2018 Dodge van that was traveling in the northbound lanes when the driver of a 1999 Lexus sedan collided with the van. Sadly, the injuries suffered by the victim were fatal.
How Dangerous Can Improper Lane Changes Be?
Statistics, unfortunately, indicate that bad lane changes can lead to bad results. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately nine percent of all car accidents nationwide involve improper lane changes.
What Are Causes of Improper Lane Change Accidents?
Ideally, every driver stays focused on the conditions of the road and will not attempt to change lanes until he or she is certain that it is safe to do so. However, it is clear from the large number of resulting accidents that this isn’t always the case. The good news is that it is possible to prevent an unsafe lane change and avoid car accidents that would result. The first step is understanding the causes of these accidents which include factors such as:
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Waiting to signal until after you begin the lane change
- Driving in the middle of two lanes for an extended period of time
- Changing lanes in an area where the lanes are separated by solid lines instead of dashed lines
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol causing loss of control
- Swerving due to distractions such as eating while driving, reading while driving, or driver fatigue
We Can Help You Hold Negligent Drivers Responsible.
Sadly, improper lane changes are a common reason for highway and roadway collisions here in the state of Florida. And unfortunately, the damages and injuries caused during a lane change accident can be catastrophic. Fortunately, the victims of these kinds of accidents are entitled to money damages and compensation for time lost from work, medical bills, and other expenses when the driver who failed to change lanes properly is found negligent. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by an unsafe lane change, you deserve help from an experienced legal team. As the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we have assisted clients like you in receiving compensation for serious automobile accidents caused by negligent drivers and we offer the help you need after a 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. Contact us for help today to begin holding the responsible parties responsible.
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