Unsafe Lane Change Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Most experienced motorcyclists know the inherent dangers of riding and the importance of defensive driving. Unfortunately, carelessness by other motorists is often to blame for severe and fatal motorcycle crashes. One widespread example of such negligence is making unsafe lane changes.
It’s well-known that motorcycle accidents tend to result in far more severe injuries than regular passenger vehicle crashes. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to be killed in a traffic-related accident than drivers are. On top of the heightened fatality rate, motorcyclists are also four times more likely to be injured in a traffic-related accident.
While motorcycle riders may wear helmets, jackets, and boots to provide them with some protection from injury in a crash, they don’t have the protective framework that an automobile offers. They also don’t benefit from safety features like airbags or seat belts to protect them from the force of impact. When a motorist collides with a motorcycle because of an unsafe lane change, the rider may easily suffer catastrophic, life-altering injuries.
Were you struck by a driver making an unsafe lane change in Baton Rouge? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. A motorcycle accident attorney from Tomeny | Best Injury Lawyers can help you seek the payout you deserve.
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What Is Considered an Unsafe Lane Change?
An unsafe lane change occurs when a driver moves or veers into another lane, either accidentally or intentionally, and puts others in harm’s way.
There are many different examples of unsafe lane changes. A reckless motorist may suddenly switch lanes without using their blinkers or checking their blind spots. This is a particularly threatening maneuver to nearby motorcyclists, who are smaller and harder for even the most cautious driver to spot.
Alternately, a driver may drift into another lane because they were texting while driving, intoxicated, or falling asleep behind the wheel. But no matter how the unsafe lane change happens, the consequences can be dire.
Louisiana law grants motorcyclists the same rights to be on the road as drivers. If a driver breaks the law, they can be held accountable for any injuries they cause through a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit.