If you or a loved one was in an accident and suffered injuries due to another driver’s negligent actions in failing to change lanes safely, you may have a case for compensation worth pursuing. Traffic laws are intended to control the flow of traffic, maintain order, and ensure the safety of everyone on the road. However, in the event that a driver fails to follow safety protocol and improperly changes lanes in traffic, the consequences can be dangerous.
Accidents that occur due to improper lane changes can be severe, resulting in injuries and even death for anyone involved. If you were involved in such an accident, you may be able to collect compensation to help cover the expenses and losses related to your injuries. A Bronx improper lane change accident lawyer may be able to promote your legal goals and interests.
If you wish to learn more about the potential of your case, contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929 today. We offer a free case evaluation and may be able to help you with your case.
The Frequency and Causes of Improper Lane Change Accidents
Lane change accidents can have life-changing consequences. Drivers must maintain full control of their vehicles when driving, and it is their responsibility to have their full attention on the road.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 13,589 crashes occurred in 2014 related to improper lane changes, accounting for 5.3% of all accidents. Throughout the nation, 7.2% of accidents that occurred in 2018 were the result of drivers failing to stay in their own lane, per data from the Insurance Information Institute (III).
Changing lanes can present certain dangers. Motorists have an obligation to check for oncoming cars, check mirrors, and use their turn signal when merging or changing lanes. In the event of an accident caused by an improper lane change, fault is often placed on the driver who merged into another lane.
Among the reasons for an improper lane change may include:
- Failing to check mirrors for other cars
- Not using turn signals
- Changing lanes and not leaving enough distance between vehicles
- Merging too quickly into another vehicle or oncoming traffic
- Attempting to pass a vehicle
The driver changing lanes is inherently responsible for their actions. If they caused an accident because of their inability to execute a safe lane change, it is a breach of their duty of care to other drivers on the road. Your lawyer, in turn, can use that information to strengthen your case.
How a Car Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Assist You
After an accident caused by an improper lane change, a lawyer may be able to help your case in various ways. They can offer guidance and information while also updating you on the progress of your case.
A lawyer can help you by:
Determining if You Have a Case
Working with an attorney can be helpful because they can examine the details of your situation to determine if you have the grounds for a civil action. They can also help you file a claim or lawsuit against the party who caused the accident.
Working on a claim without legal representation can be a tedious undertaking. Many people stress over the idea of filing a claim because they know that it will be a lot of work. Working with a lawyer, however, can be a great help in this regard because your attorney will manage all of the details and legal work involved with your case.
Working on Contingency
Many people have reservations about working with a lawyer because of concerns regarding cost. However, at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we work with our clients on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay nothing upfront and nothing unless we secure a settlement for you.
Protecting Your Rights and Negotiating on Your Behalf
Your attorney will enter into settlement negotiations fully understanding the monetary value of your case. Insurance companies sometimes try to settle cases for the lowest possible amount to save money. Your lawyer will handle all communications and negotiations to help you receive a fair settlement for your losses and injuries.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the types of services your lawyer can perform for you. To learn more, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929.
Compensable Damages in an Improper Lane Change Accident Case
If you were injured in a lane change accident caused by the other driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for various types of compensation. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may qualify for economic and noneconomic losses that take into consideration the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of the accident.
A Bronx improper lane change accident lawyer can examine your case to understand exactly what your losses are and what you may be eligible to collect.
You may be able to recover compensation for the following types of damages:
- Awards for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, disability, paralysis, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages due to your injuries or the inability to continue working in your former capacity
- Medical bills, expenses, ongoing treatment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, or any other medical-related expenses from the accident
Your lawyer can evaluate your case and explain what other damages you may be able to recover.
Let a Bronx Accident Attorney Help with Your Case
If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver making an unsafe lane change, a Bronx improper lane change accident lawyer from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates may be able to assist with your case. We offer a free case evaluation, and, if you work with us, you pay nothing unless we win a settlement on your behalf. To learn more about how we may be able to help you after an accident that resulted in injuries, contact our team today at (212) 732-2929.