Merging onto a busy highway in the Kansas City metro can be challenging, and not all drivers do so safely.
Rush hour, event traffic congestion, and rushing into reduced lanes often spark impatience, and motorists can make errors of judgment that cause merging accidents.
What Are the Causes of Merging Accidents?
Drivers must be conscious of their blind spots, and correctly judge the distance between vehicles when making a quick decision to safely merge onto the freeway or into another lane of moving traffic. They're also responsible for providing right of way.
Collisions often happen when a motorist:
- Merges too slowly or quickly from an entrance ramp onto the highway
- Suddenly changes lanes without signaling
- Cuts off vehicles while merging
- Recklessly crosses multiple lanes of traffic
- Drifts lanes or over the center line
Who's Liable in a Merging Accident?
In many cases, the driver changing lanes is found at fault for breaching duty to right of way, but there are exceptions. For example, if a driver adjacent to the merge junction was speeding, made a sudden lane change without signaling, or distracted in some way, including cellphone use, this evidence may prove he was the negligent party or at least partially at fault.
If you or a family member was injured in a merging accident, you need the expertise of a skilled car accident attorney to investigate the crash, prove the other driver was to blame, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we protect the rights of victims of auto collisions in both Kansas and Missouri. To learn how we can help you, contact us online or call our office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free consultation.