Lane Change Crashes
Because of the traffic congestion that occurs in and around Los Angeles, some drivers take risks and make unsafe lane changes. When a driver decides to make a lane change with little warning, the result is often a collision with another driver resulting in a lane change crash. Unsafe lane changes can result in serious injuries, property damage or even fatalities for innocent victims.
No matter the reason for the unsafe lane change that ultimately results in the crash, the scenario most often begins with a driver who chooses to take a risk at the expense of other drivers’ safety. Drivers who put others on the road at risk by making unsafe lane changes are negligent and should be held accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a lane change crash, you should know that you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Victims should be able to recover damages for the emotional and financial pain of a lane change crash. An experienced Los Angeles lane change accident attorney can help you pursue a lane change crash claim.Common Causes of Unsafe Lane Change Crashes
A lane change crash occurs when another vehicle enters into a lane suddenly and collides with another vehicle that is already present in the lane. Not only does the crash create a dangerous situation for the motorists involved in the accident, it also creates an obstruction in the road which puts other drivers at risk.
In many cases, unsafe lane change accidents are the result of several negligent driver behaviors, including:
- Distracted driving (including mobile phone usage, eating or talking to passengers);
- Miscalculation of a fast-approaching vehicle's speed in the adjacent lane;
- Failure to check blind spots before attempting to switch lanes;
- Aggressive driving;
- Drowsy driving;
- Failure to use the turn signal when changing lanes or turning;
- Two vehicles entering the same lane at the same time;
- Failure to watch for motorcyclists who are lane-splitting.
In these instances, the drivers involved may be forced to swerve in order to avoid hitting another vehicle, causing a collision with a third vehicle or with property. The outcome is most often serious for the victim leading to significant injuries.California Law Regarding Unsafe Lane Changes
Although California ranks high for traffic fatalities overall, Los Angeles County sees more that double the number of fatalities from auto accidents in comparison to other parts of Southern California. As a result, California law recognizes the risks posed by unsafe lane changes.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 22107, drivers are not permitted to change lanes until it is reasonably safe for them to do so. They are also required by law to use their turn signals to indicate to other drivers that they are planning to change lanes.
Furthermore, all California drivers are required to follow safe driving practices. Motorists who are drowsy, distracted, or reckless while driving may also be subject to additional criminal penalties if they are found to be at fault for a lane change crash.California Victims of Lane Change Crashes Have Options
Being injured by a driver who changed lanes unsafely resulting in a crash can have significant life-long consequences for victims. Unfortunately, in many lane change crash cases, it is not immediately obvious exactly who is responsible for the crash. This is why you need an experienced Los Angeles lane change accident lawyer to help you to determine the best course of action for pursuing a lane change crash insurance claim and potentially a civil claim against the negligent driver.
An attorney will work on your behalf by consulting with accident reconstruction experts, witnesses, investigators, and others in order to obtain the evidence that clearly demonstrates who should be held liable for your accident. They will also represent in your claim against the insurance companies who are actively working against you to minimize the value of your claim or deny it altogether.
At Bridgewater Law Group, we will pursue the maximum damages possible for your claim so that you receive fair compensation for any losses that you have incurred. We have the experience needed to go against the big insurance companies and we will fight to the very last penny to get the compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation, please call Bridgewater Law Group today at (833) 292-8375 to speak with an experienced Los Angeles lane change crash lawyer.