Changing lanes must be done in a safe manner, as switching from one lane into another without adequately checking blind spots or using turn signals could result in disaster. Motorists who change lanes in an improper manner and cause an accident could be liable for the harm that they cause.
You or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for the losses that you have experienced from such an event. If you would like assistance with an insurance claim or lawsuit stemming from an improper lane change, then an Arlington improper lane changes accident lawyer could help you.
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How Changing Lanes Becomes Dangers
Changing lanes is an unavoidable aspect of driving. Whether you need to merge to turn left, want to pass a slow-moving vehicle, or want to get out of your own lane and into another for some other reason, it is critical that motorists know how to change lanes in a safe manner.
There are several actions that a motorist may take to ensure they are changing lanes in a safe, proper fashion. Those steps include:
- Ensuring that the vehicle behind you is not intending to merge into the same lane you are going to merge into
- Checking mirrors and turning your head to check your blindspot, ensuring that there is no vehicle present in the lane where you are merging into
- Engaging your turn signal in the direction where you plan to merge
- Maintaining a steady speed when merging lanes
- Moving your vehicle to the new lane in a controlled, prompt manner
- Ensuring there is safe distance from the vehicle in front of you once you enter a new lane
A motorist who fails to do these things may cause an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites several causes of lane change accidents in a study. Some causes of accidents studied included motorists failing to:
- Check their rearview mirror
- Check the mirror on the side of the vehicle where they are changing lanes towards
- Check their blind-spot windows before changing lanes
- Give proper notice of a lane change by using a turn signal.
Several specific scenarios may represent an “improper” lane change. For example, a motorist who passes left of the center line on the road when it is not permitted may cause a head-on collision or another type of accident. Additionally, motorists who drive on the shoulder—or other parts of the road where driving is not allowed—may be making an improper lane change.
An Arlington accident caused by improper lane changes lawyer can help you pinpoint specific parties who caused your accident, and how their lane change caused the collision to occur. They will handle your case for compensation from start to finish.
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Your Lawyer Will Assign Liability
Determining who is liable for your accident may be one of the initial steps that a lawyer takes as your legal representative. The American Bar Association (ABA) explains multiple potential standards for liability in the case of a personal injury. One or more of these standards may apply to your case for awards.
More than one party could have liability for your losses. Potential defendants or insurance claim targets include:
- The motorist who initiated an improper lane change
- The employer of a motorist who caused your accident while working
- The municipality responsible for dangerous road conditions which affected your accident
- Any other party who meets the legal criteria for liability in your accident
Your lawyer will review witness accounts, gather police reports and other documentary evidence, and speak with you to determine who is responsible for your accident and related losses.
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §33.001 outlines the statute of proportionate responsibility. This statute may generally mean that even if you are responsible for some portion of your accident, you may be able to collect compensation, so long as you do not have the majority of fault.
Your Lawyer Will Complete Your Claim or Lawsuit
The circumstances of every improper lane change accident in Arlington are unique. Your lawyer will discuss with you whether they believe an insurance claim or lawsuit is most appropriate, based on the unique facts related to your accident. In either case, they will help complete your case for compensation.
Some of the services that a lawyer may provide with respect to an insurance claim are:
- Protecting you from making any statements that could reduce your eligibility for compensation
- Dealing with the insurance companies on your behalf
- Documenting your losses
- Reading and analyzing relevant policies
- Determining the compensation you are owed
- Negotiating for the compensation you are owed
A lawyer will explain to you whether they believe insurance settlement offers that you could receive are fair or not. They may help you seek compensation through other means if the best offer you receive is not a fair one.
If you bring a lawsuit, then a lawyer will oversee the legal process from before your case is filed until the completion of a settlement or judgment. Your lawyer will handle all lawsuit-related responsibilities that do not absolutely require your attention and will defend your rights during their time as your attorney.
If your lawyer is successful, you could receive compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, and other losses related to your improper lane change accident.
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Our team wants to defend your rights and help you realize financial justice after an accident caused by someone else. You did not deserve to be harmed, but you do deserve legal representation as you seek fair compensation.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for more information about hiring an Arlington improper lane changes accident lawyer. It will cost you nothing out of your own pocket.