Improper and Unsafe Lane Changes

Approximately one-tenth of all car accidents in the United States are due to improper and unsafe lane changes. This common accident can seem relatively benign, but a driver’s misjudgment can cause catastrophic and permanent injuries. According to New York laws, an improper lane change (also known as “sideswiping”) on a roadway is when a driver changes or attempts to change lanes, without an actual path of safety to do so.  Motorists oftentimes are distracted, or negligent, and fail to monitor their surroundings and check their blind spots. This negligent behavior can cause devastating accidents. The most common causes of improper lane changes include: 

  • Failure to signal
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving while intoxicated (under the influence of drugs or alcohol) 
  • Distracted driving
  • Misjudgment of other vehicles
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Poor road conditions 

Common Injuries

Improper and unsafe lane changes typically result in serious injuries. Oftentimes, the driver making the unsafe lane change is speeding, which makes the collision even more catastrophic. The most common injuries involved in these types of severe accidents include: 

  • Traumatic head injuries (concussions, etc.) 
  • Broken bones
  • Fractured bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and Neck injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Death 

Statute of Limitations 

The state of New York, like all other states, has established a deadline, called a statute of limitations. In New York, your claim for any personal injuries resulting from a car accident typically must be filed within three years of the date of the car accident. This may seem as if you have a long time to file a claim, however, extensive medical treatments along with negotiations with insurance companies can take longer than most people anticipate. 

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was the victim of a car accident due to an improper or unsafe lane change, you are likely facing medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Consulting with an experienced car accident and NYC personal injury lawyer as soon as possible can help you understand your rights and help you with your next steps to build your case. Contact Michael J. Redenburg today at (212) 240-9465 or online for a free consultation regarding your case.