Unsafe lane change accidents can be one of the most jarring types of accidents to experience because they don’t always result in accidents. It can be easy to forget to signal once or twice, but that’s all it takes for someone to hit your vehicle. Although it may have been an honest mistake, a driver’s unsafe lane change can cause injuries and property damage.
If the driver of the car was totally unaware of your car next to theirs, this could indicate negligent behavior on that driver’s part, and you could be eligible for compensation. If you’ve had a car accident in Georgia, contact a Rome unsafe lane change accident attorney with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers.
Accident Victims Can Seek Damages After an Unsafe Lane Change Accident
In Rome, unsafe lane changes happen when the driver failed to drive entirely within a single lane, moved into another lane before becoming certain that it was safe, or they changed lanes when they should not have.
Any violations of the laws outlined in O.C.G.A. §40-6-48 could indicate that the other driver acted negligently on the road. Although not every unsafe lane change is the result of negligence, if a driver was driving drunk, texting while driving, or driving recklessly, there’s a good chance that they are liable for your damages.
You Deserve Compensation
When it comes to car accidents, you might not know where to begin when seeking money for your losses. You might not even know what you are eligible to pursue. Each case is unique, but you might be able to seek some of the following damages:
- Medical expenses: These damages include money for surgeries, medical devices, doctor’s visits, medication, and other related expenses.
- Emotional damages: Physical injuries are not the only kinds of harm from an unsafe lane change accident. Collisions can cause mental trauma and other forms of pain and suffering that do not have a direct financial value.
- Wrongful death damages: If your loved one passes away, our lawyers can help you pursue expenses related to funeral costs and the value of the deceased’s life.
For a free legal consultation with a unsafe lane change lawyer serving Rome, call (404) 888-8888
Examples of Unsafe Lane Changes
With highways like U.S. 411 and U.S. 27, a beautiful and bustling historic district, and multiple colleges, Rome has its share of busy, multi-lane roads that can become the scene of an accident. Like many types of accidents, lane change collisions may be related to a driver’s reckless or negligent behavior. For example, drivers merging onto highways at unsafe speeds could be liable for damages.
Merging is not the only type of lane change accident that can leave you with bills and severe injuries. Drivers may drift into another lane, change lanes without looking, or hit another car while turning or changing lanes, among other behaviors. While it can be difficult to determine liability on your own, our lawyers will examine your case and look for proof of the other driver’s negligent behavior.
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Don’t Handle the Rome Car Accident Alone
If you get in an accident, your first priority is to make sure that you and other motorists are safe. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Next notify the police. Then tell your insurance company. Finally, even if uninjured, seek out medical attention for you and your passengers.
Let the Police Know
Sometimes people might try to persuade you to keep the accident “private” i.e., to exclude others, especially law enforcement, from being notified about what happened.
They might tell you that the accident will be easier to handle without involving others.
Avoid this. The other motorist may make themselves difficult to find later when you try to seek compensation, they may not tell the truth about the incident, or they can’t remember all the details. Very often, once someone has left the scene of an accident, their memory of the incident changes. Do you think that their memory might favor them over you and consequently damage your chances to recover your losses?
Calling the police should be one of the first things that you do once you’ve found a safe place to begin to sort the accident out. According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-273, you have a duty to report an accident if:
- Anyone suffers any injuries
- Someone dies
- If property damage is $500 or greater
Inform Your Insurance Company
As with any accident, make sure you report the accident to your insurer, and the other party should do the same. Our lawyers can use this to help establish what caused your accident and how you were injured. You may have to speak with your insurer or the other driver’s insurance company.
Don’t hesitate to answer the insurance company’s questions but be careful. The statements that you make to an insurance company can hurt your claim. To help avoid errors and missteps during the insurance claim process, let the attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers assist you.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you feel fine, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. It is completely appropriate to go to an emergency room after an accident rather than waiting for an appointment with a general practitioner.
In fact, the part of your claim rooted in physical injury might be in jeopardy if you decide to delay seeking medical attention. Insurance companies can say that any delays are the cause of further injury, and you may go uncompensated. In addition, a visit to the doctor can help you document the value of any claim that you might need to make.
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Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Can Help You After Your Rome Accident
Many motorists who have gotten into an accident due to an unsafe lane change have found that an attorney is an important part of the process. They can be especially helpful when you need to focus on healing after a challenging accident.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is here to help you get the compensation for unsafe lane change accidents that you deserve. Our attorneys can help you understand your rights. We can handle communication between you, the police, the insurance company, and the other motorist. We will also help you gather the evidence associated with the accident so that you can be sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
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Bader Scott Injury Lawyers pride themselves on making sure that you get the justice you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation if you or your family has been in an unsafe lane change accident.