According to 2018 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 30,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about three million people are non-fatally injured in vehicle accidents every year.
These are alarming figures by any measure, and improper lane changes are an example of a driver error that can happen in an instant but can have lifelong repercussions.
If you were involved in such an accident, a Marietta improper lane changes accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help. Call today for a free consultation. A team member can be reached at (404) 888-8888.
Seeking Compensation for Your Losses After an Accident
Improper lane changes can lead to a wide range of serious accidents, such as:
- Frontal collisions, especially when a vehicle sways into oncoming traffic
- Pedestrian, motorcyclist, and bicyclist accidents
- Intersection and T-bone accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Rear-end accidents
These accidents can lead to serious bodily injuries, including:
- Head, brain, back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Varying degrees of paralysis
- Amputations and other permanent injuries
- Broken bones, fractures, cuts, and lacerations
- Eye, ear, and dental injuries
The treatment costs for some of these injuries can run into the tens of thousands (or even the hundreds of thousands) of dollars per case. This is especially true for severe injuries such as internal organ injuries, spinal cord injuries, and head, neck, and brain injuries. Victims may also lose substantial income and face serious long-term health complications after their accident.
The law is designed to help you recover the losses you suffered because of the actions of another party. The Marietta improper lane changes accident lawyer with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is here to help you understand your rights. We can help you file a claim or lawsuit and will walk you through what you need to know about gathering the evidence needed to prove your case.
Call a member of our team today for a free case review at (404) 888-8888.
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How Improper Lane Change Accidents Occur
Several factors can cause or contribute to an improper lane change accident. Common causes of such accidents include:
- Unclear road markings
- Driver inexperience
- Poor lighting
- Traffic control device malfunctions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Driving while distracted
- Basic driver errors regarding proper lane change rules
- A failure to check blind spots and side mirrors before changing lanes
- Changing more than one lane at a time
- Unintentional swaying between lanes
- Errors in indicator usage
- Changing lanes when it can be dangerous to do so
A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study found that most truck accidents are caused by driver negligence. Following too closely, illegal maneuvers, and driver inattention were some of the leading causes of accidents in the study. However, running out of or swaying away from the travel lane into another lane or off the road was also a significant cause of accidents in this study.
Improper lane change accidents can happen to anyone, and they can lead to significant losses. As a victim, you or your lawyer will need to determine how your accident was caused before filing a claim or a lawsuit. You must also evaluate your losses and gather evidence to present to the relevant insurers. A lawyer can manage all of these steps for you.
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Fault and Liability in Lane Change Accident Cases
In Georgia, you can hold at-fault parties responsible for their negligence when they cause you injuries. If another driver, a road maintenance team, or a town or city was liable for your injuries, you can hold them accountable and seek compensation.
Anyone using the road is assumed to owe others on the road a duty of driving safely and in accordance with all applicable driving laws. Towns and municipalities must also maintain roads under their jurisdiction. This includes ensuring there are adequate road markings where needed.
If an at-fault party’s negligence, recklessness, or incompetence led to your accident, you can hold them liable for your losses. Before doing so, you or your lawyer must:
- Gather evidence to prove the fault of the at-fault party
- Gather evidence to prove the extent of your losses
- Determine which insurance policies apply to your case
- File a claim or lawsuit based on the case evidence
If you work with a lawyer, they will handle all of these steps of the process for you.
Investigating Your Accident
A driver who causes an accident by driving while drowsy, intoxicated, or distracted may be immediately found at fault by the police for causing an improper lane change accident, but there are circumstances where liability is not immediately so clear.
Depending on how your accident was caused and the extent of the losses you sustained, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party’s collision coverage policy or liability insurance. In other cases, you may have to resort to your uninsured or underinsured motorist policy if you were struck in a hit-and-run or hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver.
An attorney can investigate your case to determine the extent of your losses and the policies that may apply to your circumstances. They will determine what steps you need to take when filing a compensation claim with the at-fault party’s insurer or filing a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party.
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Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
The Marietta improper lane changes accident lawyer with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help. We can help you identify the at-fault party responsible for your accident, and we will gather evidence and file a claim with the relevant insurers on your behalf if your case warrants a claim. We will also help you negotiate a settlement and are prepared to take your case to court if a settlement cannot be reached.
In the state of Georgia, you have two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case, according to Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) §9-3-33. For this reason, we recommend getting started with your case as soon as possible.
To learn more and receive a free case evaluation, contact a team member today at (404) 888-8888.