Unsafe Lane Changes
A Cherry Hill Truck Accident Attorney is Here For You
If you’ve suffered injuries in a truck accident (or other motor vehicle accident) due to another driver’s unsafe lane change, New Jersey law may give you a right of action against the defendant for your damages.
When a driver executes an unsafe lane change, it is a negligent act (except in limited circumstances, such as an emergency), but there are a number of complications that you might encounter during litigation. Of course, there are also opportunities for securing significant damages. Contact a Cherry Hill truck accident attorney at Folkman Law today to discuss your legal rights and options.
Let’s explore the basics for a clearer understanding.
What Qualifies as an Unsafe Lane Change?
As you proceed with your accident claim, success will depend on your ability to show that the defendant executed an unsafe lane change, and that by doing so, they caused you to suffer injuries.
We can look to New Jersey statutory law for guidance. Section 39:4-88 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes governs the rules that apply to traffic on marked lanes. Under the statute, a driver:
• Must drive (to the degree possible) entirely within a single lane; and
• Should not move from that lane until the driver has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.
If a driver veers between the lines separating lanes to an unreasonable degree, then that may constitute an unsafe lane change. Further, the driver must exercise care when moving between lanes. They must evaluate whether a safe movement can be executed before going ahead with the lane change.
For example, if there is a car speeding forward in the next lane, then a driver cannot safely merge if they do so suddenly and at half the speed of the car in the targeted lane.
Of course, New Jersey drivers must also engage their turn signals to ensure that other drivers are put on notice of their intention to merge into the lane. According to Section 39:4-126 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes, all drivers must engage their turn signal when moving left or right upon a roadway. Failure to do so when changing lanes would almost certainly be considered “unsafe” and implicate the negligence of the driver.
Contact Folkman Law for a Free Consultation
At Folkman Law, our attorneys have decades of experience representing the interests of those who have been injured in truck accidents (and various other motor vehicle accidents), including accidents that were caused by the defendant’s unsafe lane change.
Though an unsafe lane change may seem like an “obvious win,” there are a number of challenges that you are likely to encounter as you proceed with litigation. We can help you effectively navigate those challenges and secure the compensation you deserve.
Ready to learn more about how we can help? Please call 856-249-9165 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a skilled Cherry Hill truck accident attorney at our firm. We are available 24/7 to respond to any and all inquiries that you may have regarding your case.