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How Can Improper Lane Changes Lead to Car Accident Injuries in Tennessee?

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Jacksboro, TN auto accident lawyer

Drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road and travel safely. With so many vehicles on the highways, everyone needs to be especially mindful when they change lanes. Whatever the reason for lane changing, a driver should check their side and rearview mirrors and wait until it is clear to move over. If the motorist does not do so, a sudden lane change can cause a collision with another car. Depending on the speed at which the crash happened, the accident could result in serious injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. 

Types of Injuries That Can Result from Lane Change Collisions

Depending on the rate of speed that both vehicles are traveling, there can be severe damage and injury caused by a lane change. Damage to the vehicles includes front-end bumper dents, damage to side doors and mirrors, and rear-end bumper and frame distortions.

If a car is struck on the side, passengers or the driver can suffer injuries including:

  • Broken limbs

  • Broken ribs

  • Head injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Knee trauma

  • Internal injuries

Victims of lane change accidents are encouraged to see a doctor as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis of all injuries sustained. This will also give them a better chance of receiving monetary compensation from the at-fault driver for costs related to the injuries.

Keeping the Roads Safe

Tennessee law states that a driver must operate his or her car in one lane without crossing over the dotted white line separating the lanes until it is completely safe to do so. When a driver does need to switch lanes, he or she must check all mirrors and use turn signals so other drivers know that the change is about to happen. However, just because a driver uses the indicator lights does not mean he or she can change lanes whenever he or she pleases. The lane to which he or she is changing must be empty or have enough room, so the driver already in that lane does not have to slam on the brakes or swerve in order to avoid a collision.

Slower drivers should stay in the right lane and leave the left lane open for faster drivers to pass safely. Other steps drivers should follow when making safe lane changes are:

  • Check over one's shoulder to make sure all blind spots are clear.

  • Use turn signals before changing lanes.

  • Move into the other lane slowly and carefully.

  • Do not drive in the blind spot areas of other cars.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Auto Accident Attorney

Sometimes, a split-second decision on the highway can result in a vehicle crash. If you or someone you know needs compensation for injuries sustained in a collision due to an improper lane change, hire a lawyer from the Law Office of William F. Evans to represent you. A Campbell County personal injury lawyer will thoroughly examine the evidence to establish liability for the collision and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call 423-449-7980 today.

 

Sources:

https://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/smithlinzeydanielleopn.pdf

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/DL_Manual.pdf

 

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