Unsafe lane changes. These three words can trigger any motorist in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania who has been in the situation where another vehicle swerved into their lane with no warning or when the maneuver was not safe to execute.
In fact, unsafe lane changes, also known as “illegal lane changes,” account for a staggering nearly 10 percent of all car accidents in the United States, which is roughly 530,000 car crashes annually.
“Although motorcyclists are more likely to become victims of motor vehicle collisions caused by illegal lane changes, because many drivers of passenger cars fail to notice motorcycles traveling beside or behind them due to blind spots, passenger cars are just as likely to be involved in this type of collision,” says a Pittsburgh unsafe lane change accident attorney from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman.
As the traffic congestion in and around Pittsburgh gets heavier by the year, the risk of becoming a victim of a car crash caused by a driver illegally merging into your lane rises proportionately.
When a motorist performs an unsafe lane change, it can lead to either of the three scenarios:
Causes of motor vehicle crashes caused by unsafe lane changes vary from one case to another, though these accidents are commonly caused by the following negligent and dangerous driving behaviors:
Under Pennsylvania law, motorists are prohibited from changing lanes or turning until it is reasonably safe to execute the lane changing maneuver. Prior to switching lanes, a motorist has an obligation to use turn signals or alert other motorists of one’s intention to change lanes in any other manner (for example, if the driver’s turn signals are not working properly).
More often than not, the motorist who performed an illegal lane change will be held responsible for any damages and losses it caused to other drivers and motorcyclists as a result of that maneuver. However, when multiple vehicles are involved, determining liability becomes much more complex, which is why hiring a Pittsburgh illegal lane change accident lawyer is highly advised to ensure that you recover the amount of damages that you truly deserve.