Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Explain Proceedings From Unsafe Lane Change Crashes
Drivers often do not know how to share the road with people who are operating a motorcycle instead of a traditional passenger vehicle. When drivers don’t respect the rights of motorcyclists, tragic accidents can occur that result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
A driver who engages in the negligent operation of a vehicle that causes a motorcycle accident should be held accountable to the crash victim for losses, but sometimes it can be difficult to determine who was at fault or what compensation is appropriate.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers office is here to help. We have successfully represented many motorcycle accident victims harmed by the carelessness of drivers. We know there are many motorcycle accident causes, including unsafe lane changes in front of motorcycles, and we work hard to help victims of accidents prove the cause of their collision. If a victim can show another driver was to blame for causing an accident to occur, the victim can pursue a claim for compensation for all injuries and damages resulting from that accident.
Accidents Involving Unsafe Lane Changes in Front of a Motorcycle
Accidents involving unsafe lane changes in front of motorcyclists can occur for a few different reasons. For example:
- A driver may pull in front of a motorcyclist, cutting off the motorcycle rider and making it impossible for the motorcyclist to stop before striking the back of the vehicle
- A driver could pull into the lane behind a motorcyclist, getting too close and striking the motorcycle rider
- A motorist may not see a motorcycle rider and may change lanes despite the motorcyclist beside him, causing the motorcycle rider to veer off the road to avoid being hit — or actually striking the motorcycle rider
- A driver could make an unsafe turn without seeing a motorcyclist in the lane next to him
These are just a few of many examples of situations where a driver may change lanes in an unsafe way that endangers a motorcycle rider and leads to a serious or fatal accident. Many situations where a driver makes an unsafe lane change in front of a motorcycle rider occur because drivers do not see motorcyclists in their blind spot. Drivers are used to observing larger passenger vehicles and may not notice a motorcyclist at all.
Drivers also make unsafe lane changes around motorcycle riders because they underestimate or overestimate the speed at which motorcycle riders travel or because the driver is otherwise careless such as texting and driving or driving while intoxicated and losing control of the vehicle.
Who is Responsible for Accidents Involving Unsafe Lane Changes in Front of a Motorcycle in Las Vegas?
In the event of an accident involving a motorcyclist and a car that changed lanes improperly, the car that changed lanes should be held accountable for the resulting crash in most circumstances. The key to determining who is responsible for the accident is to assess the conduct of the driver who made the unsafe lane change.
In some cases, it is clear that a motorist failed to fulfill his obligations to exercise reasonable care when changing lanes. If a driver opted not to check before changing lanes because the motorist was impaired by alcohol or was distracted, the driver under these circumstances should be held accountable for losses resulting from the unsafe lane change.
The victim of the motorcycle accident would simply need to show that the driver violated a safety rule, causing an accident to occur because of it when he changed lanes unsafely.
In other circumstances, it can be more difficult to determine if a driver acted improperly by changing lanes. For example, if a motorcyclist strikes the rear of a driver’s vehicle after the driver unsafely changed lanes in front of him, this is an example of a circumstance where the motorcyclist would need to specifically prove the driver was unreasonably careless in pulling into the motorcyclist’s lane.
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It will be up to the motorcycle accident victim to prove driver negligence if the motorcyclist wants to recover compensation from the driver who changed lanes in a dangerous way.
Compensation for Accidents Involving Unsafe Lane Changes in Front of a Motorcycle
Motorcycle riders are significantly more likely to be seriously hurt or killed in a car accident due to the lack of protection that the motorcyclist has. A motorcyclist should be fully compensated for all losses that occur in an unsafe lane change accident, even if the injuries he sustains are permanent and the losses substantial including a lifetime of lost income.
Motorcycle accident attorney Zachary D. Clayton will assist victims in seeking compensation for medical costs; wage loss; pain and suffering; emotional distress and other damages. He can also provide help to surviving family members when a driver changes lanes and causes a fatal motorcycle accident to occur.
Getting Help From Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
At LV Personal Injury Lawyers, our counsel has extensive experience with motorcycle accident cases, including in circumstances where drivers caused a crash because of unsafe lane changes. We will work hard to help you pursue your claim for compensation when you or someone you love is hurt. We’ll assist with conducting an investigation to gather the evidence you need to show the driver changed lanes improperly and we can help you make your claim in or out of court.
To find out more about the ways in which our Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys can help you with your case, give us a call today.