Unsafe Lane Changes

Elkins Motorcycle Injury Firm

Wolfe Law Firm is a respected personal injury law firm in Elkins, West Virginia. For over 20 years, we have provided the highest quality legal representation to motorcycle riders and others injured by negligence. Our track record of success reflects our expertise in handling all types of accidents, including motorcycle accidents caused by unsafe lane changes.

Unsafe Lane Changes

West Virginia is famous for its long, winding roads. These roads have seen their share of blood. Many motorcycle accidents in the state are caused by unsafe lane changes. Basic traffic rules require that motorists signal, check their rearview mirrors, and look over their shoulders before switching lanes. Too many drivers ignore these rules, failing to provide any notice of impending lane changes. Drivers often drift or suddenly change lanes for no other reason than to harass or overtake other motorists. On one-way roads and multiple-lane highways, such behavior is dangerous, causing traffic-related injuries and fatalities in motorcycle accidents across the state.

What Makes Changing Lanes Unsafe?

The ability to safely change lanes is critical to good driving. Every motorist must perform the action eventually, whether to exit the freeway or merge on a road. The action becomes a liability when motorists change lanes without first checking or warning others. Prioritizing safety and timely providing a signal takes effort, some planning, and communication with others on the road. Sadly, many drivers lack the wherewithal to perform these simple tasks. In motorcycle accidents, this conduct is especially dangerous because it either causes a broadside collision or throws the motorcycle rider into the opposite lane. Such accidents result in extensive damage to cars and severe injury or even death to cyclists.

Accidents Caused by Unsafely Changing Lanes

Motorcycle riders and drivers sometimes share fault for unsafely switching lanes. But far more motorcycle accidents are caused by careless driving. This is because bikers have a greater incentive to exercise caution and ride safely. Drivers, on the other hand, enjoy greater protection within steel frames. Unsafe lane changes caused by negligent driving often involve:

  • Intoxication
  • Talking, texting
  • Speeding, racing
  • Inclement weather
  • Construction, road hazard
  • Failure to yield right-of-way
  • Blind spot, decreased visibility
  • Broken signal, rearview mirror
  • Intentional conduct, aggression
  • Delayed response to emergency
  • Failure to adapt driving in traffic
Accidental Injuries Caused by Unsafe Lane Changes

Motorcycle riders are injured when vehicles change lanes suddenly, without seeing or warning the rider. Cars and trucks may be switching lanes quickly to catch a light, make an exit, or overtake a slower vehicle. This can “cut off” or broadside a rider traveling in the coveted lane. These collisions severely injure bikers who are often ejected from their motorcycles into oncoming traffic. Other motorcycle injuries include:

  • Burns, disfigurement
  • Broken bones and teeth
  • Lacerations, hemorrhage
  • Fractures, torn ligaments
  • Severed limbs, paraplegia
  • Loss of organ, skeletal function
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury
Recovering Compensation from Negligent Drivers

For over 20 years, Wolfe Law Firm has been dedicated to winning bikers just compensation for their loss. We seek to hold negligent drivers liable for the injuries they cause. Unsafely changing lanes is a perfect example of negligence. Drivers break a legal duty when they recklessly change lanes, injuring motorcycle riders. Our motorcycle accident attorneys makes sure these reckless and negligent drivers compensate victims for these injuries. Injured riders are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other benefits. If the accident resulted in death, the victim’s surviving family members are entitled to compensation for the wrongful death. At Wolfe Law Firm, we understand that no amount of money will heal an injury or bring back a loved one. We nevertheless strive to maximize your recovery to secure your financial future and help you back on your feet. For a free consultation call Wolfe Law Firm at (877) 637-5756 or contact us online.