Unsafe Lane Change Accident Lawyer
Drivers who change lanes unsafely can cause collisions that result in serious injury or death. Unfortunately, lane changes are a common cause of car accidents, and they often occur when drivers are in a hurry and don't take the time to signal their intentions.
Drivers who change lanes without signaling or checking their surroundings are putting themselves in danger and everyone else on the road. Therefore, Illinois requires every motorist to remain in a single lane and use a turn signal to indicate to others that they are changing lanes.
Were you or a family member injured in an unsafe lane change car accident? If so, the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help.
Contact our Chicago car accident law offices today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form for legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Unsafe Lane Change Accidents
Lane changes are a common cause of car accidents. Many of these crashes could be avoided if drivers paid more attention to their surroundings and followed the proper precautions and safety procedures.
We can all help reduce the number of lane-changing crashes by being aware of our surroundings and using caution when switching lanes. Remember to use your turn signals, check for blind spots, and give yourself plenty of time when changing lanes.
Unsafe Lane Change Car Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), lane change accidents caused by unsafe conditions account for:
- Nearly 3% of all fatal crashes
- About 5% of all injury crashes
- Approximately 10% of all property damage only crashes
Data reveals that lane-changing collisions are more common during the daytime hours, on weekdays, and in good weather conditions.
Illinois Improper Lane Change Accident Statistics
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) statistics show that:
- 1,272 people were injured in unsafe lane changes in Illinois in 2019
- Eight people were killed in lane changing accidents in Illinois in 2019
Common Causes for Unsafe Lane Change Accidents
Many factors can contribute to a dangerous lane-changing accident. Some of the contributing factors leading to an unsafe lane change crash include:
- Driver distractions, such as using a cell phone or texting while driving
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to use turn signals
- Improper merging procedures
- Not checking blind spots before changing lanes
- Following too closely
Studies show that every driver can avoid car accidents caused by unsafe lane changes by watching other vehicles.
Common Injuries in an Unsafe Lane Change Car Accidents
Serious injuries can occur when a driver changes lanes unsafely. Dangerously changing lanes often result in head-on collisions or T-bone crashes, which can cause serious injury or death.
Drivers, passengers, truckers, motorcyclists, and others experienced catastrophic injuries from the traffic violation when an at-fault driver failed to follow the road rules.
Some of the most severe injuries suffered in an unsafe lane change car accident include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Every injured victim should seek medical attention immediately, follow the doctor's recommendations to heal properly, and take appropriate measures to recover compensation for damages.
Fatal Accidents Involving Unsafe Lane Changes
When a driver changes lanes unsafely, it can often result in a deadly car accident. In some cases, the driver may not see an oncoming car and end up swerving into the other lane, resulting in a head-on collision.
The driver may change lanes too quickly in other cases, causing the car to lose control and crash. However, not every fatal accident caused by an unsafe lane change harms the driver or passenger immediately.
Sometimes, the victim suffered injuries and obtained immediate medical attention to deal with a fatal traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, excessive bleeding, or crushed bones.
Regardless of the specific circumstances of the accident, unsafe lane changes are a leading cause of car accidents and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), dangerous lane changes are responsible for around 3,000 fatalities each year.
How an Unsafe Lane Change Lawyer Can Help
Were you harmed in an accident involving multiple vehicles? Did the crash involve more than one lane when the at-fault driver drifted into your area due to a distraction or impaired driving?
An unsafe lane change lawyer working on your behalf can seek compensation to ensure you can pay for your ongoing medical expenses, past medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
Our law firm can ensure you receive financial compensation from the accident resulting in your damages. Our legal team will:
- Obtain the crash report
- Review your medical records
- Document an accurate and timely record of exactly what occurred
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free case evaluation to discuss your legal options in filing one or multiple insurance claims.
Proving a Case for a Successful Outcome
According to Illinois civil tort law, every victim or their accident lawyer must prove the four elements of the lawsuit to resolve their claim successfully.
These four elements include:
- The driver responsible for causing the accident failed to provide a safe environment that any reasonable person would when sharing the road
- This breach of their responsibility lead to the accident with serious injuries, damages, or death
- As a result of the accident, the victim suffered damages
- The damages are provable and can be physical, emotional, and financial
If you were injured in a car accident involving dangerously changing lanes, speak with an experienced car accident lawyer to determine if you have a financial compensation case. They will help you understand your rights. Call us today for a free case evaluation.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Did you lose a loved one in an accident caused by unsafe lane changing or a one-vehicle accident involving only the decedent? Are you wondering how to obtain the financial recovery to you need pay for your loved one's lost wages, future lost earnings, funeral and burial expenses, and medical bills?
Illinois law allows surviving family members to file a personal injury lawsuit based on wrongful death. Qualifying family members likely include the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.
Contact an unsafe lane change lawyer today to schedule a free consultation. Tell our legal team exactly what happened.
Time is of the essence, and all unsafe lane change accident cases must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. However, there may be an extended period to file a claim after the expiration in certain circumstances.
Hiring an Unsafe Lane Change Accident Lawyer to Resolve a Compensation Claim
Our personal injury law firm represents victims harmed in accidents involving reckless driving, distractions, impaired driving, and other dangerous conditions. Was your accident caused by unsafe lane changing?
Contact our legal team at (888) 424-5757 today to discuss your case. We accept all personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront fees are paid until the case is resolved.