Improper Lane Changes Accident Lawyer
Holding Negligent Drivers Liable for Crashes Caused by Unsafe & Illegal Lane Changes
Risky lane changes and failures to stay within a lane of traffic are a leading cause of fatal car accidents in Louisiana, Texas, and across the U.S. In fact, when looking at the top driver errors that cause deadly wrecks, improper lane changes is ranked fourth, playing a role in nearly 7% of all traffic deaths each year (source: III).
Whenever abrupt, risky, or illegal lane changes cause crashes, victims may have a claim against the negligent driver and possibly others — and they can get experienced help recovering from the team at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
For more than 20 years, our improper lane changes accident lawyers have been devoted to helping people just like you seek justice. Strategic, compassionate, and fearless, we know what it takes to win the toughest improper lane change cases, and we are exceptionally effective at achieving optimal outcomes both in and outside the courtroom.
No matter what type of injuries resulted from your improper lane change accident, you can count on us to fight for the maximum available recovery when it matters most. That’s why we’re known as some of the top car accident attorneys in Louisiana and Texas. And it’s why you can rely on us when it’s time to win fair, full compensation from an improper lane change claim.
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- What Is an Unsafe or Improper Lane Change?
- Why Do Drivers Make Improper Lane Changes?
- How Do Improper Lane Changes Cause Car Accidents?
What Is an Unsafe or Improper Lane Change?
Louisiana state law and Texas statutes shape the rules of the road, explaining what’s legal versus illegal when it comes to proper lane changes. In general, these laws dictate that:
- Lane changes should not be made unless there is sufficient room to do so.
- Drivers should use signals or blinkers to warn other motorists of their intention to change lanes.
Beyond applying to day-to-day roadway traffic, these laws also set forth the requirements for passing and making lane changes by emergency vehicles (both those enroute to an emergency and those parked on the sides of the roads).
Any failures to comply with these laws can result in illegal, dangerous lane changes. Some specific examples of these risky, accident-causing maneuvers include:
- Making a lane change without signaling
- Straddling two lanes of traffic
- Turning on the wrong blinker before a lane change (i.e., activating the left-hand signal when making a right-side lane change or vice versa)
- Changing lanes without checking blind spots
- Making lane changes without having enough room to safely do so
Why Do Drivers Make Improper Lane Changes?
Sometimes, motorists suddenly dart into another lane of traffic to avoid an accident within their own lane due to, for instance, debris or another car wreck ahead. More often, however, improper and unsafe lane changes are the result of carelessness, recklessness, or negligence behind the wheel. That’s far more likely to occur when motorists are:
- Impaired: Drugged or intoxicated drivers tend to be less perceptive and responsive to their surroundings. They may even drift into neighboring lanes of traffic without realizing it.
- Distracted: Like impaired drivers, distracted drivers are usually less aware of what’s going on around them. These motorists may even look at potential dangers, like other vehicles in their blind spots, but fail to really see and perceive those risks until it’s too late. In fact, one study found that driver distraction is a factor in as many as 57% of all improper lane change car crashes.
- Fatigued: Tired drivers tend to experience the same impairments as intoxicated motorists. In fact, 24 hours without sleep can cause similar impairments as drunk driving.
- Careless about traffic laws and roadway safety: Road rage, driver inexperience, and several other factors can also make motorists careless behind the wheel, contributing to risky lane changes.
No matter why drivers improperly change lanes, these motorists can end up being liable for the crashes they cause with their risky and illegal maneuvers.
How Do Improper Lane Changes Cause Car Accidents?
There are several ways risky lane changes can cause serious car crashes in Louisiana and Texas. In fact, when a driver makes an improper lane change, accidents can happen when:
- Vehicles are run off the road.
- Drivers making improper lane changes hit other cars or motorcycles in their blind spots.
- There is not enough room for the lane change, causing rear-end crashes.
- Other motorists try to avoid a crash with a vehicle making an improper lane change, causing a chain reaction of swerves and sudden, risky maneuvers.
Keep in mind that the crashes caused by dangerous lane changes can be more severe when factors like (but not limited to) the following are involved:
- High speeds
- 18-wheeler trucks
- High-traffic conditions
- Multiple lanes of traffic
- Poor road conditions
- Adverse weather or poor visibility conditions
Talk to an Improper Lane Changes Accident Lawyer Before It’s Too Late
Car accidents caused by improper lane changes can cause extensive damage and, in the worst cases, life-threatening injuries. When it’s time to recover and fight for the justice and compensation you may deserve, it’s time to contact a 5-star improper lane changes accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
We have a deep understanding of the challenges victims can face in these claims, and we are extraordinarily skilled at going up against the toughest opponents in any setting. Discover the difference our team can make in your claim and recovery by contacting us today.
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