Changing lanes safely is a basic driving skill most people know. Unfortunately, negligent drivers can cause rear-end collisions, T-bone accidents, rollovers, or another type of crash while changing lanes.
Victims of these crashes can experience traumatic brain injuries, burns, paralysis, internal organ damage, and other serious medical conditions that can change their lives forever.
What Are the Causes of Lane Change Accidents?
Lane change accidents can be especially dangerous when vehicles travel at high speeds, such as when merging onto or traveling on busy highways in Kansas City. Other reasons for these wrecks include:
- Failing to use a signal before changing lanes
- Not checking for blind spots before switching lanes or merging
- Abruptly changing lanes at intersections, stop signs, or traffic lights
- Engaging in distracted driving, such as talking on a cellphone, texting, or eating and drinking
- Driving when fatigued, drunk, or drugged
- Engaging in reckless behavior behind the wheel
- Adjusting practices for weather conditions
However, not all lane change accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence. In some cases, a driver may be forced to make a quick lane change. Some reasons can include:
- Road debris or fallen cargo
- Oil or other liquid spills
- Animals on the road
- Pot holes
- Medical problems, such as a heart attack, stroke, or seizure
- An accident ahead a driver is trying to avoid
Who's at Fault in a Lane Change Car Accident?
In most cases, the driver switching lanes will be found at fault. However, liability can be more complicated if he or she had to make a sudden change to avoid a hazard. In this situation, other parties such as another at-fault driver, truck operator, a trucking company, or a municipality may share responsibility for compensating the victims of the crash.
To receive injury compensation, you'll have the burden of proving negligence. Our experienced car accident attorneys are ready to help, and extend a free consultation to discuss legal options and answer your questions. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your appointment.