Lane-Change Accidents

It is a common sight to see motorcyclists zigzagging through lanes and navigating traffic faster than a car to get to their destination quicker. While it can have its benefits, unfortunately, it also creates biases in the minds of other drivers. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, it is often presumed that it would have been the rider’s fault. After handling thousands of motorcycle accident cases, we know that it is simply not true. 

Many drivers fail to realize and accept that they can also be the cause of the accident when they fail to check a blind spot or do unsafe lane changes by getting in the way of an oncoming motorcycle. Sudden lane-change accidents cause catastrophic injuries resulting from front-end impacts, including fractured ribs and sternum, torn meniscus knee injuries, and brain injuries from hitting the steering wheel.

Even the most cautious driver in Orange County can become a victim of a sudden lane-change motorcycle accident because the action of the at-fault driver is done suddenly and without a blinker. If this happens to you, and you’re injured, you have the right to recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Personal injury attorneys at Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys will make an injury claim and secure a favorable money award for your injuries. Schedule a consultation with us now to get started.

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What Constitutes An Unsafe Lane Change 

Unsafe lane changes refer to the abrupt and dangerous lane change by a vehicle with no warning to the vehicles behind it and with blatant disregard for on-coming traffic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, lane change crashes occur when one vehicle dangerously veers into the path of another vehicle and collides with them. 

Many states prohibit drivers from doing certain things while driving to avoid crashing into another vehicle during lane changes. Here are some standard rules to follow to prevent lane change accidents –

  • The rider must not change lanes unless they are sure it’s safe. 
  • All the turns and passing need to be done from the left lane. 
  • There are designated lanes for heavy-duty vehicles such as buses and trucks, and they must not veer into the lanes of light motor vehicles, such as a motorbike or cars. 
  • Marks on roads that signify hazardous crossings must not be crossed. 

Despite laws prohibiting unsafe lane-changing, negligent drivers disregard the law and the safety of others and continue to cause motorcycle accidents by suddenly pulling out in front of others.  If you’ve suffered injuries because of the negligence of such drivers, a personal injury lawyer at Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys will use the vehicle laws of California against unsafe drivers to prove liability and help you recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us now to get started. 

Causes of Unsafe Lane-Change Crashes 

Like all road crashes, humans’ fault is the leading cause of unsafe lane-change accidents.  Here are some unsafe driving habits that lead to lane-change collisions –

  • Not using a blinker before changing lanes. 
  • Crossing double yellow lines to exit carpool lanes 
  • Not looking in rearview/side view mirrors before changing lanes 
  • Changing lanes at a high speed 
  • Changing lanes at an intersection 

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to unsafe lane changes and suffer catastrophic and often fatal injuries when a negligent driver changes lanes while a motorcyclist is lawfully lane-splitting between vehicles.  If you’re a driver or motorcyclist injured in a lane-change accident, speak with an attorney at Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys the best legal representation to help you recover from your injuries, medical bills, and lost income.  

Great representation starts with Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys investigating your claim, gathering evidence, and hiring the best experts.  We present your claim to the insurance company, establish the other driver’s fault, and secure a monetary award of compensation that includes your pain and suffering. Schedule your free consultation today. 

Why Hire Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys

Determining fault and proving liability in unsafe lane-change accidents is often tricky because the at-fault driver is struck from behind and then blames the innocent motorcycle rider.  The injury attorneys at Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience proving cases where one party lies about what happened – often going to trial and convincing a jury the defendant caused the lane-change collision. We have helped numerous victims of personal injuries in getting compensation to enable them to get back on their feet. 

We commit extensive resources to collect evidence and hiring experts to prove a client’s case and hold negligent parties responsible for the harm they cause.  The personal injury cases you can turn to Roberts | Jeandron Injury Attorneys to help you with include: 

  • Auto accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents 
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Bus and trucking accidents
  • Commercial vehicle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Brain and head injury
  • Premises liability
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorists

We will help you get full, fair, and complete compensation for injuries you suffer, either by negotiating a settlement with an insurance company or going into court and forcing the insurance company to pay you the proper compensation. Schedule a consultation with us now, and we’ll get working for you immediately.