If a driver is not careful, he or she could cause a wreck after making an improper lane change. In many cases, an improper lane change accident stems from the at-fault driver’s negligence or recklessness. However, sometimes other factors might have contributed to the cause of a wreck, such as road conditions that forced a driver to suddenly make a lane change.
In North Carolina, wrecks caused by improper lane changes occur every year. According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 14,191 crashes occurred because of an improper lane change in 2018, and 2,130 of those crashes led to an injury.
If you were in a car accident in Marion, North Carolina, caused by a driver who made an improper lane change, you might be eligible to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. Even if your vehicle crashed into the rear-end of the other vehicle, you might still be able to get compensation if you can prove that the other driver acted negligently and caused the accident to occur.
A Marion improper lane change accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, might be able to argue your case and fight for compensation on your behalf. Call us today at (828) 286-3866 to discuss your legal options in a free case review with a member of our team.
Drivers Who Make Improper Lane Changes May Be Held Liable
Improper lane changes might occur if a motorist is operating their vehicle negligently or recklessly. For example, a driver might make an improper lane change because:
- They did not look for other traffic in the lane they intended to enter.
- They did not check their blind spot for another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian before changing lanes.
- They did not use their turn signal to indicate they were about to change lanes.
- They tried to cut off another driver to enter a lane at the last minute or because of road rage.
- They were weaving between lanes because they were speeding or driving while intoxicated.
If you can prove the other driver made an improper lane change because of their negligence or recklessness, you might be able to hold them liable for your damages. Your lawyer can review your case and help you build an argument based on the circumstances of your accident.
A Marion Improper Lane Change Accident Lawyer Can Offer Several Services
If you decide to work with a lawyer from our firm, they might offer the following services to help you build your case:
- Review the car accident report
- Collect evidence to support your claims about the accident and the injuries you experienced
- Interview witnesses to the accident
- Communicate with the at-fault party’s legal team or insurance representatives on your behalf
- Serve as your representative during negotiation discussions
- Serve as your legal advocate on trial if necessary
To learn more about the services our lawyers provide, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, at (828) 286-3866. One of our team members can tell you more about what our firm offers clients and how we might handle your case if you decide to work with us.
You Must File Your Case on Time to Pursue Compensation
Many people try to negotiate a car accident claim with the at-fault party’s insurer to potentially receive compensation. However, if the insurer refuses to meet the plaintiff’s compensation demands or neither party can agree to compromise on a settlement amount, the case might come to a standstill. If this happens to you, your lawyer might suggest filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to continue your pursuit of compensation.
To keep this option available, you and your legal team will need to keep track of the statutory deadline that applies to your case. According to North Carolina General Statutes (GS) §1-52, you generally have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If the car accident led to your loved one’s death, you generally have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, as stated in GS §1-53.
If you try to file a lawsuit after your statutory deadline has passed, your case might get dismissed. Your lawyer can look at your accident report to determine whether you are still in the filing window period and help you pursue compensation if so.
Your Case Can Still Settle Before Going to Trial
The prospect of having to go to trial to fight a legal battle can be intimidating for many people. The first thing you should know is that your lawyer can serve as your advocate and handle these appearances on your behalf. In some cases, plaintiffs do not even have to appear in court. You can discuss what might be expected of you with one of our team members, who can give you a general idea of how the litigation process goes.
That being said, many cases settle out of court, and the defendant may decide to make you a settlement offer at any time if they do not wish to take the case to trial. You always have the final word on whether you accept or reject a settlement offer, but your lawyer may provide legal advice if you need it.
Your lawyer might determine whether a settlement offer is fair based on whether the amount covers your damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Income loss
- Repair costs for property damage
- Vehicle replacement value if your vehicle was totaled
- Reduced earning capacity
Your lawyer might suggest other damages to consider when determining the fairness of a settlement offer.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, Wants to Help You Fight for Compensation
Are you looking for a Marion improper lane change accident lawyer? If so, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, to learn how one of our lawyers serving your area might be able to help you with your case. We fight hard for our clients, and we want to use our resources for your case so that you can have your concerns heard.
Dealing with the financial and personal losses of a car accident can be annoying at best and overwhelming at worst, especially if you lost a loved one. Call our law firm at (828) 286-3866 to learn more about the support we may be able to provide you during this time. Your initial consultation with a member of our car accident team is free.