It might be challenging to ascertain who is at fault in a lane change accident. On the other hand, establishing responsibility is crucial if you intend to be compensated for your injuries and other losses. It is common to wonder if you have grounds for an insurance settlement or a civil lawsuit following an accident caused by another driver’s negligence.
The best approach to receive the answers you need is to speak with one of the experienced attorneys of Freeburg Law.
Are other drivers at fault if they hit me while I was changing lanes?
Each car accident is different. There is no way to provide a universal solution to this problem. In contrast, it is relatively common for drivers who change lanes to collide with another vehicle.
Before lane changes, drivers should make sure that the situation is safe. Drivers must also signal their intention to change lanes to others on the road. Whenever a driver fails to take the proper precautions and collides with another vehicle, they may be held responsible for any injuries or damages caused.
Drivers can fail to stay in their lane because they are distracted or drunk or not driving with the necessary effort and care. A driver who fails to use reasonable caution on the road may be held liable for any damages that ensue.
Suppose I switched lanes before getting into an accident?
Motor vehicle crashes might occur when both drivers attempt to perform a lane change. In other circumstances, you may have been the only one changing lanes before a collision. Nonetheless, you may be able to obtain compensation for some or all of your losses.
Wyoming law enables injury plaintiffs to seek damages even if they were somewhat responsible for the accident, as long as they were not more than 50% at fault. However, the degree of fault you had in the accident will diminish your damage award.
What should I do if a car merges into my lane and hits me?
Focus on safety first after a sideswipe accident or any other collision resulting from a lane change. Move to a safe location clear of the roadway and call the police or 911.
You will need to report the accident and, in most cases, get checked out at the scene by paramedics. Never admit fault, regardless of what happened before a full investigation.