Virginia Unsafe Lane Change Attorneys
Virginia state traffic law establishes that a person can be cited for improper failure to observe lanes marked for traffic under Virginia Code § 46.2-804. These violations could include failure of slow-moving traffic to keep to the right, improperly driving in the center, changing lanes without first ascertaining safety, poorly driving in the center lane of a three-lane highway, improperly crossing the solid driver’s lane, and improperly crossing the double solid line.
An unsafe lane change can immediately have effects on multiple other drivers on the road who were unprepared for motorists to be performing such maneuvers. There can be several occasions in which an unsafe lane change immediately causes a traffic accident. Certain people may have justifications for their need to perform the hazardous lane changes, such as attempts to avoid debris in roadways. Still, the motorists who cause accidents because of dangerous lane changes are typically liable for all damages stemming from a crash.
Anybody who was involved in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another driver’s unsafe lane change should not hesitate to obtain legal representation. CHASENBOSCOLO is familiar with all kinds of dangerous maneuvers that have led to crashes, and our firm will be able to help you obtain all of the compensation that you need and deserve.
Our firm will take the time to get to know you and how your accident has impacted your life, so we can help achieve the most favorable possible outcome in your case. We will examine your case when you call (703) 538-1138 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
Do I Need An Unsafe Lane Change Lawyer?
You will likely need an attorney on your side for help, proving that another driver performed an unsafe lane change. The driver’s insurance company will be very likely to deny that charge and may even claim that you were somehow at fault for your injuries. Dealing with any insurance company after a motor vehicle accident is a risky proposition for most people, so you should let a lawyer handle the conversations for you.
In some cases, an insurer may have an agent who acts as though they are on your side and attempts to get you to open up and discuss your accident more freely. Still, you should avoid speaking about your crash and refuse any opportunity to provide a recorded statement. Keep in mind that most insurance companies are desperately seeking any way possible to use your own words against you, so you want to be very limited in what you say.
The insurance company could also go a different route and quickly offer you a lump sum settlement to resolve your case without a court appearance. Know that whatever you are being offered is very likely to be nowhere near what you are entitled to.
When you hire an attorney, they are committed to making sure that you agree to a settlement that indeed covers all of your past, present, and future expenses. When an insurer refuses to provide an amount that will give this type of coverage, then the lawyer can file a lawsuit to take your case to trial.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO To Handle My Unsafe Lane Change Case?
CHASENBOSCOLO has a team of 25 attorneys and more than 90 professionals with over 100 years of combined legal experience who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our firm has recovered more than $750 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Barry M. Chasen and Benjamin T. Boscolo each have over 30 years of legal experience. They both received AV Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Chasen is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013. Mr. Boscolo is a member of the American Association for Justice and served as a Workers Compensation Panelist for both the National Football Players Association and Major League Soccer Players Association.
You also get the No Fee Guarantee® when you work with CHASENBOSCOLO. You only pay us if you collect a financial award.
Types of Unsafe Lane Change Cases We Handle
In addition to the unsafe lane changes identified under Virginia law, unsafe lane changes could also include:
- Failure to check mirrors or blind spots before making a lane change
- Changing multiple lanes in a single maneuver
- Failure to signal before making a lane change
- Driving between lanes for an extended period
- Misjudging speeds of vehicles in lanes being changed into
- Passing in no-passing zones
Specific unsafe lane changes could also involve other factors that contribute to a driver’s negligence, such as a person driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. Similarly, a lane change could be even more unsafe if a person performs it while they are distracted, such as by talking or texting on a cell phone.
These additional factors could be used against a driver to bolster the case of why the lane change they performed was unsafe. Police officers frequently issue tickets for unsafe lane changes and may be willing to issue citations to drivers accused of causing accidents because of unsafe lane changes.
Unsafe lane change accidents can result in several different kinds of crashes, including side-impact and rear-end collisions, and the injuries in these cases can vary depending on numerous factors, such as the speeds at which the vehicles were traveling. Some people may have excuses for why they performed unsafe lane changes, such as animals in the road or medical emergencies that affected their driving.
Contact an Unsafe Lane Change Attorney in Virginia
The unfortunate truth about many unsafe lane change accidents can be that negligent drivers often deny their wrongdoing, and insurance companies do not provide victims with near enough compensation to cover the harm caused. You will want to have an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer at CHASENBOSCOLO on your side so that you can recover everything available to you.
Our firm can be by our side and also help you with numerous other aspects of your recovery, including obtaining necessary medical treatment and possibly delaying payment until you can collect a jury award or settlement. Call (703) 538-1138 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.