Lane Change Accidents
When a lane-change accident happens, it can be unclear who is to blame and who should be held accountable for the resulting damages. This can be especially the case when there are no eyewitnesses. Lane-change accidents can also have blurred boundaries that place you partially at fault for your damages. You can still receive coverage for the damages you are not at fault for. To receive fair compensation for your lane-change accident, you will need the help of a car accident attorney to prove that the other party is at fault. You can speak to one of our sharp attorneys today. Call Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. for a free consultation.
What Are Lane-Change Accidents?
When a driver is maneuvering into a new lane, they should make sure that there is no one occupying the lane they are entering. Additionally, it is lawful to signal that they are lane-changing by using the right or left indicator. Lane-change accidents occur when one driver leaves their lane without allowing enough room for the other driver to accommodate them in the receiving lane. The other driver doesn’t have enough space when the lane-changing car switches into their lane suddenly. Because of an improper lane change, the driver in the receiving lane can crash into the lane-changing car, resulting in a terrible accident. About 6.5% of fatal accidents were caused by drivers failing to stay in their proper lane. That’s 3,728 victims total in 2019.
Who Is At Fault In A Lane-Change Accident?
Some lane-change accidents can be confusing with unclear information about who is to blame and result in arguments between all involved parties. The individual who first crashed into another isn’t always to blame in a lane-change accident, but rather the person who left their lane improperly. Lane-change accidents often result in multi-car incidents, which means that there may be multiple eye-witnesses who saw the lane-changing driver making a mistake. However, if you were hit by someone doing an improper lane change but were speeding or distracted while driving, this may also hold you liable for your damages.
How Do Lawyers Prove The Other Party Is At Fault?
Your attorney will do their best to prove that the other party is at fault by investigating your claim and providing reliable evidence. They do this through several methods:
After you’ve been injured, you may be dealing with a large number of medical bills due to the great harm caused by your lane-change accident. Your attorney will collect and analyze all of your past, present, and ongoing medical bills tied to your car crash. This information will show the severity of the crash and how greatly you endured all of your injuries.
If there were any eye-witnesses, you can provide the contact information for them to your attorney. With your attorney’s help, you can get witness testimonies and other gathered information provided from them. For example, they may have been involved in a car accident and wounded due to the lane-changing driver.
Traffic Camera Footage
If there were any traffic cameras nearby, your lane-change accident may have been recorded. Your attorney can obtain the video footage to help uncover how the lane-change accident occurred. Video footage is solid evidence that is hard to refute.
Your photographs of the crash will be useful proof to help your attorney piece together how you got into a crash. The locations of the dents on your car and debris on the ground can show the trajectory of the crash.
Car Black Box Data
Many modern cars now have black box data that stores information about the car’s diagnostics. Some information that may be helpful is how fast the other driver’s car was going and also when they hit the brakes. All of this information is useful when piecing together how a lane-change car accident happened.
What Should I Do After My Lane-Change Accident?
If you haven’t already, you can speak to our knowledgeable law firm to help direct you through your lane-change accident claim. We will review the evidence you provide, which includes your medical expenses, any lost wages, your pain and suffering, and property damage that wasn’t covered by your insurance policy. If you are a surviving family member of a wrongful death victim, we can help you calculate the total estimated damages you are due. Speak with a proven law firm that can deliver results and provide accurate information. After reviewing your case, we can let you know if you are or aren’t at fault and, if you are partially at fault, how much you can still claim in your settlement. Call Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. for a free consultation.