Lane Change Accidents
Lane change accidents raise complicated issues regarding fault. Generally, the vehicle changing lanes is at-fault for these accidents based on their duty to safely change lanes. For example, if a driver’s failure to use a turn signal before changing lanes caused the accident, the merging vehicle will be at-fault. However, many accidents involve a sharing of fault between drivers. Below are scenarios where fault may be shared.
- The accident may be caused by both cars merging into a middle lane at the same time. In this case, each driver will likely be 50% at-fault.
- The lane and location of the cars in the accident may not be determinable. In this case, each driver will likely be 50% at-fault.
- The driver of the car that was initially in the merged lane may be engaging in unlawful driving (e.g. speeding, aggressive driving, etc.). If this behavior caused or contributed to the accident, this driver may be at-fault. The percentage of fault generally depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident.