Vehicle accidents occur in a variety of ways, often when a person is changing lanes. Lane changing accidents, as with other types of vehicle collisions, can present significant challenges when it comes to securing compensation. This is particularly true when working to determine liability. That’s why it’s extremely helpful to have an experienced car accident lawyer by your side.
Here, we want to discuss who is at fault in a car accident when one or more drivers were changing lanes when the incident occurred. In these cases, the evidence is crucial, but not always definitive when it comes to determining liability.
There are various ways that lane change accidents occur. Usually, accidents involving vehicles changing lanes are the result of an unsafe lane change. Some examples of hazardous lane changes include the following:
Determining fault in the aftermath of a lane change accident can be difficult. Victims of lane change accidents will need to rely on various types of evidence to prove the fault of the other driver.
If both drivers were changing lanes when an accident occurred, then it will be necessary to turn to Arizona’s comparative negligence laws when working to determine the compensation amount for the claim.
The general rule is that the car already in a lane that someone is trying to merge into has the right of way. In nearly every circumstance, drivers wish to change lanes must yield the right of way to drivers in the lane they are trying to get into. This includes traffic in two or more lanes moving in the same direction as well as traffic in a lane merging into another lane from another roadway.
If a driver needs to change lanes into oncoming traffic in order to pass a slower vehicle in front of them, it is up to the passing driver to ensure that there is no oncoming traffic or that the traffic is far enough away to safely conduct the pass. Vehicles in the oncoming lane have the right of way in this situation.