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Unsafe Lane Change Car Accident in California: How Can I Collect Compensation in California?

Freeway Accidents Caused by an Unsafe Lane Change: California Car Accident Lawyers Explain Liability

California has many freeways, interstates, and highways that have multiple lanes, including I-405, Route 60, I-5, I-405, 101, 110, and even busy avenues like Vermont Avenue.  Some of our freeways and interstates have the most lanes out of any other highway system in the United States.  These lanes are to accommodate more vehicles and traffic in an effort to help bring more vehicles to their ultimate locations faster.  But it also means there are more lanes and opportunities for vehicles to try to weave in and out of lanes.  This means that there are more opportunities for individuals to get into an unsafe lane change.  

Our experienced car accident lawyers in Los Angeles, CA know that unsafe lane changes can occur in more than just our busy highways, freeways, interstates, and other fast-moving roadways.  Many unsafe lane changes that result in personal injuries can occur on local roads with multiple lanes in both directions too.  Here at the Broadway Law Firm, our experienced lawyers can help protect your rights to compensation if you or a loved one were seriously injured in a catastrophic personal injury accident involving an unsafe lane change.  Call to learn what your rights to compensation may be during a FREE consultation.

California Law Prohibits Unsafe Lane Changes

Going into the right-of-way of another vehicle is always the riskiest maneuver that you could do in a motor vehicle.  This includes turning at intersections or into private driveways, but it also includes making a lane change.  After all, making a lane change means that you are passing into the direct right-of-way of another vehicle.  In a collision, this could result in catastrophic harm.

This is why California Vehicle Code section 22107 makes it clear that vehicles making a lane change must do so safely to avoid serious injury or accidents.  Specifically, this section provides that “[n]o person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.”

Thus, a defendant who unsafely moves from one lane to another and causes an accident could be liable for violating this section of law.  It will allow a victim to recover compensation for his or her injuries. 

Liability for an Unsafe Lane Change: Two Ways

The two ways to prove liability are through negligence or the doctrine of negligence per se.  Negligence is where a person fails to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances in the use or operation of a motor vehicle, and therefore causes unnecessary and preventable harm.  

Negligence per se automatically proves liability where the violation of a statute that was meant to protect the victim from the harm indeed caused that harm.  This allows a victim to focus more on proving damages rather than liability.

Common Injuries in an Unsafe Lane Change in California

There are many common injuries that could be caused by an unsafe lane change in California.  most of the injuries are due to the impact and the jarring affect of the impact from a side swipe.  Other times the injuries are caused by the impact causing a victim to go off the road or into another vehicle or fixed object (barricade or pole).  Some of the most common personal injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs
  • Spinal cord injuries or SCIs
  • Amputations or loss of a limb
  • Broken bones or fractured bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Loss of eyesight (partial or complete)
  • Joint separations or dislocations
  • Nerve injuries or damage
  • Back disc injuries or damage
  • Neck disc injuries or damage
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Other types of serious damages.

Ask the Broadway Law Firm For Help After an Unsafe Lane Change

An unsafe lane change is the type of car accident that can permanently impact a family.  A victim could be seriously injured and a family could suffer catastrophic consequences from it, including the loss of a loved one, loss of economic support, heavy medical bills, significant lost wages, and other damages.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed by a negligent driving, ask our experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers at the Broadway Law Firm for help.  We offer FREE consultations and only get paid after you get paid in a settlement or court award.  We also pay the upfront litigation costs which are only reimbursed if we recover compensation for you.  Learn more how we can help you during a FREE call by dialing 213.444.3155 or using our easy-to-use contact us box available by clicking the link here.  All calls or messages are confidential and private.  Together, we can get through this.

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