Changing lanes is a normal part of driving, and something that most of us do on a regular basis. Unfortunately, changing lanes can also be dangerous in certain situations.
Changing lanes may be dangerous if:
- The motorist does not check their blind spots before exiting their lane
- There is a vehicle already in the lane that the motorist is merging into
- The motorist does not use their turn signal before changing lanes
- The motorist does not leave adequate clearance in front of the lane they are departing and/or the one they are merging into
- The motorist changes lanes in an abrupt fashion
There may be other conditions in which a lane change is unsafe as well.
Whatever the circumstances, a motorist may be liable if their lane change causes an accident. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today for details on how a Savannah unsafe lane change accident lawyer can help you after an accident.
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The Danger of Changing Lanes Unsafely
You may have been the victim of negligence if a driver changed lanes in a dangerous fashion and ultimately caused an accident involving yourself or a loved one. When paired with changing lanes unsafely, some other dangerous actions that may have been a factor in your accident include:
- Driving while distracted, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cited as the cause of nearly 3,000 traffic deaths in 2018
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Being legally drunk while driving, a behavior that results in 29 Americans dying every day, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Speeding, which can be especially dangerous if changing lanes and weaving through traffic
- Driving at night without functioning headlights or brake lights
- Driving while in a diminished state, such as being drowsy or emotionally unstable
- Failing to take precautions such as reducing speed when driving in adverse weather conditions
- Disobeying road signs and traffic signals
These and other behaviors can combine with a dangerous lane change, causing you or loved one to be injured – or even worse, killed. Being hit by a motorist who was acting in a reckless or unsafe manner could be grounds for you to seek compensation outside of any insurance settlements you may be offered.
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Bringing a Lawsuit After a Lane Change Accident
If a driver endangered you or your loved one through negligent action, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against them. Possible defendants in a lawsuit may include:
- The driver or drivers who are responsible for causing your accident
- The employer of the driver responsible for your accident, if the accident happened while they were working
- Any other individuals or entities whose actions or failure to act contributed to your accident
A lawsuit can help cover the cost of losses you have sustained because of your accident, such as:
- Medical costs that you have accrued to pay for the diagnosis and treatment of your injuries
- The cost of rehabilitation for your injuries
- The amount of income you have lost because of your accident and injuries
- Long-term consequences of your accident such as chronic pain, restrictions in your physical or cognitive function, changes to your physical appearance, and permanent disability
- Opportunities that you can no longer pursue because of your injuries
- Any decline in your ability to earn a living that stems from your accident
A lawsuit may be a way to seek coverage for any additional losses or harm that have come from a reckless lane change or another form of motorist negligence. A Savannah unsafe lane change accident lawyer can explain your fitness for a lawsuit and help you bring any legal action that you choose to pursue. Call the team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
A Lawyer’s Potential Value to Your Lawsuit
Everybody has the right to bring a lawsuit on their own, but many choose to pair with a lawyer when seeking compensation through civil courts – and you may do the same.
Some of the reasons why you might choose to have a lawyer help with your lawsuit may include:
- You do not have experience practicing law
- You are not confident in your ability to bring a lawsuit successfully
- You would like to rely on somebody who has tried car accident lawsuits in the past and may have a clearer understanding of the process
- You do not want to spend the potentially significant time or energy required to complete an unsafe lane change lawsuit
Whatever your reason for hiring a lawyer, you may expect your attorney to:
- Collect any police reports, witness accounts, and documentation of your injury that are pre-existing and available
- Seek new evidence, possibly with assistance from investigators who specialize in matters like yours
- Organize evidence and facts into an argument that states you were the victim of negligence
- File your lawsuit in the appropriate legal venue
- File all subsequent paperwork and motions required to complete your lawsuit
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf with lawyers for defendants in your case
- Take your lawsuit to trial if no settlement arises
- Seek fair compensation on your behalf
- Defend your rights
A Savannah unsafe lane change accident lawyer can focus on all these tasks, so you can focus on getting better.
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