We have all experienced a driver suddenly changing lanes, cutting you off barely missing the vehicle. Not only is this dangerous, it is against the law in Florida. Changing lanes carelessly is one of the leading causes of road rage and of car accidents in the United States. We are committed to holding careless drivers responsible when they cause an accident by improperly changing lanes.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Lane Changing Crashes?
According to a report by the NHTSA about nine percent of all vehicle accidents in the U.S. are caused by a driver changing lanes or side swiping another vehicle. Most of these collisions cause serious injuries because they often occur at high speeds and the driver is caught off guard and unable to avoid the crash.
Most improper lane changes are caused by motorists who are trying to beat traffic because they are in a hurry or who are simply distracted and not paying attention to the road. Here are some other common causes:
- Failing to signal before changing lanes
- Not checking for blind spots
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driver fatigue
- Reckless driving
- Misjudging speed of approaching vehicle in the parallel lane
- Weather conditions
- Potholes or debris on the road
Most Common Injuries Caused By Unsafe Lane Changes
Motor vehicle crashes caused by changing lanes, when they occur at high speeds, can be quite serious. Often times such collisions cause vehicles to swerve out of control, rollover, crash into other vehicles, medians or other objects. As a result, catastrophic injuries can be sustained by the victims. Here is a list of the most common injuries:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Amputation, disfigurement and paralysis
- Facial injuries
The Best Ways to Avoid Vehicle Collisions By Changing Lanes Safely
It’s so important to be a cautious driver and always know your surroundings in order to prevent a collision. Here are some tips to follow to avoid a lane changing crash:
- Always use your turn signals
- Always check your blind spot
- Only change one lane at a time
- Don’t change lanes in an intersection or right before entering an intersection
- Maintain your speed; don’t speed up to change lanes
- On the highway avoid the far left lane; this is where most accidents occur
- Don’t pass on the right side
- Beware of your surroundings including distracted drivers and those under the influence
Talk to a Florida Car Accident Attorney Today
Our law firm represents those injured in car accidents that are caused by a negligent driver changing lanes. All too often the victims of this type of accident sustain serious injuries because they usually occur on the highway or when someone is speeding. Car accident attorney Jim Dodson has 25 years of experience helping victims like you recover compensation for their medical bills and their vehicle. We offer a free consultation and if we don’t settle your case, you will never have to pay us. Contact us online or call us at 727-446-0840 or fill out the form on this page. We are here to help you.