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In an Accident, Who’s at Fault When Changing Lanes?

When driving a motor vehicle, many regular driving activities become repetitive and almost commonplace, though they never become less dangerous. Once such repetitious driving tactic is changing lanes, but no matter how many times you’ve switched from lane to lane, it should always be done with care. If not done with the proper care, lane changes can cause accidents. And when changing lanes causes an accident, how does one determine fault?

Who is at Fault in a Lane Change Collision?

When in a car accident of any kind, including a lane change collision, you should call the police even if no injuries are involved. The ensuing police investigation will often determine which driver is at fault. In some cases, both drivers may be determined at fault, though often one will carry a greater degree of fault.

When making a lane change, drivers must trigger their turn signal indicating the direction of the intended change. This signal is designed to signify to other drivers of the intended lane change. The driver who is changing lanes should also check mirrors as well as blind spots to ensure it is safe to make the lane change.

Given this information, which is the law, a driver can be at fault in a lane changing accident if they did not trigger their turn signal, if they failed to check mirrors and blind spots, or if they crossed multiple lanes without stopping and signaling in each lane. Both drivers may be at fault in a lane changing collision:

  • If both attempted simultaneous lane changes
  • If the driver in the lane was driving distracted, aggressive, or reckless
  • If the driver is under the influence or impaired
  • If the driver in the lane experienced brake, headlight, or other mechanical failure

Lane changing accidents can also be the result of a driver merging into traffic on the highway or interstate. In this scenario, drivers must still trigger their turn signal and await an opening in traffic which allows them to merge.

Common Injuries in a Lane Changing Collision

Whenever you are involved in a vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical attention – at the scene if needed or in the days that follow. Some injuries manifest in the days following the accident, so getting checked immediately following an accident, even if you don’t appear to be injured is a good idea.

Common injuries following a lane changing accident include:

These injuries can cause issues including pain, tingling, weakness, and other discomfort. A chiropractor can order tests like digital X-rays and MRIs. Following your diagnosis, your chiropractor will work with you to develop a customized care plan which may include chiropractic care, massage, pain management, and physical therapy to help relieve your pain and discomfort, allowing you to regain your strength and recover from your accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident as a result of improper lane changing, the professionals at County Line Chiropractic Medical and Rehab are ready to help you recover with the needed treatment.

We also offer transportation to the nearest County Line location for all car accident patients. So sit back and relax while we handle the rest!

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