An unsafe lane change occurs when a driver moves from one lane to the next without properly signaling or otherwise indicating their intention. This puts other drivers at risk.
Causes of Illegal Lane Changes
Most people don’t switch lanes to cause an accident, but other potential factors cause them to do so, such as:
- Reckless driving errors
- Foggy road conditions impairing their vision
- Potholes or debris on the roadway they don’t see right away
- Animals in the road
- Medical problems
- Driving under the influence
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Distracted driving
If a driver strikes another vehicle or otherwise causes another driver to suffer damage to his or her car to avoid the accident, the at-fault driver could be liable for those losses.
Common Types of Damage From Lane Changing Accidents
A sudden, high-speed lane change can create incredible force and damage if a driver strikes another vehicle. This can cause:
- Front end collisions
- Side impact accidents
- Accidents crushing a car against a median
- Rear-end collisions with one or multiple other vehicles
In some cases, this may cause serious injuries from such accidents. Common injuries from car accidents include paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, broken bones, and burns. Fatalities are possible as well.
What to Do if You’re in an Accident
If a driver suddenly swerves into your lane or otherwise strikes your car, pull to the side of the road and call 911. Take the necessary steps to get the medical care you need. File a comprehensive police report that documents what occurred, including what the other driver did and any information you have on why they switched lanes unsafely.
Then, contact a car accident attorney in Omaha to protect your rights. Don’t admit guilt or feel as though you need to settle the claim quickly. Instead, refer the insurance company, if they contact you, to your personal injury attorney in our office. Count on our accident lawyer to help you resolve your claim.
At the Law Office of Matthew Lathrop, PC, LLO, we can help you determine all of the losses you’ve suffered due to a car accident involving an illegal lane change. Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.