Improper lane changes, like wrong turns and speeding, are entirely avoidable traffic infractions. But when a blind spot or distracted driving lane change results in an accident, then it becomes a high stakes fight. An improper lane change ticket can be used as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit claim. There's nothing much left for a jury to decide except the size of the award, since a law enforcement officer at the scene of the accident has already issued a ticket for an improper lane change traffic violation.
Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident resulting from improper lane changes? Contact an automobile accident attorney in your area today and find out what kind of legal options you have.
Note that improper lane changes come in many different forms. It can be a failure to signal or a failure to signal for a sufficient period. Crossing more than one lane at a time is another classic infraction, since there has to be a pause before a second lane change signal is flashed. Speeding up to switch lanes is also a violation that will result in a double infraction for both improper lane change and speeding.
Switching lanes just before or at an intersection is not allowed, and neither is sharply cutting off a driver. Law enforcement officials look at the number of people whose brake lights go on around a violator switching lanes improperly. A lot of this is subjective interpretation, so negligent drivers may try to contest the ticket in court to head off a personal injury lawsuit.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of an improper lane change that resulted in an accident? Is the driver trying to get off the hook by contesting the traffic violation ticket? Contact an automobile accident lawyer in your area today to find out how you can hold the negligent driver responsible.