The actions of negligent or aggressive drivers can result in severe car accidents with serious injuries to both drivers.
An unsafe lane change endangers the safety of other drivers. It has been observed that the at-fault driver is either oblivious to the presence of other vehicles or is completely inconsiderate towards the safety of other motorists.
Causes of Sudden Lane Changes
While many incidents of unsafe lane changes are the result of a reckless driver, there are other causes for a sudden lane change. Debris on the road, such as tire tread, cargo, or mechanical parts, potholes in the road, animal on the road, oil spill, and medical problems such as stroke or heart attack are some other causes which can result in a sudden lane change.
Car Accidents Caused by a Sudden Lane Change
A sudden lane change by a vehicle can have varying consequences for other vehicles. The unsuspecting driver tries to avoid a collision with the vehicle changing lanes and brakes suddenly or swerves out of the way. This can result in a chain reaction when many drivers are forced to access the situation and react quickly to the changing scenario in front. Common accidents that are caused by unsafe lane changes are rollover accidents, rear-end collisions, front-end accidents, and side-impact car accidents.
The injuries which result from these accidents can be severe and, in many cases, life changing. There are accident victims who have walked away with barely a scratch; however, there are others who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, whiplash injuries, facial damage, burn injuries, lacerations, internal injuries, or paralysis.
Avoiding a Car Accident
Be aware of your surroundings while driving on the road. A vigilant and cautious driver will be able to control his or her vehicle in case of a sudden unsafe lane change by another driver. A cautious driver can help in avoiding a serious accident. There are, however, certain instances when a cautious driver is also unable to avoid an accident caused by a reckless driver.