If someone made an improper lane change and caused an accident that left you injured, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and losses.
We’ve all been there. You’re driving along the highway minding your own business when suddenly the lane next to you clears up, and you have an opportunity to move over and get ahead of the traffic. Or maybe you’re approaching your exit and need to get into the correct lane well before you reach the off-ramp. In both cases, it’s tempting to just make a quick lane change without bothering to signal or check your blind spot. But as any experienced driver knows, this is a recipe for disaster.
So what’s the proper way to change lanes? Read on for our tips on how to do it safely!
Fact: According to recent reports, improper lane changes are one of the leading causes of accidents on the road, accounting for 4% of all crashes in the United States.
Check Your Surroundings
Most people think that the first thing they should do when changing lanes is turn on their signal. However, before you even reach for your turn signal lever, you should glance in your rearview and side mirrors to see if there are any cars behind or beside you.
Turn on the Signals
Once you’ve checked your surroundings, then you can go ahead and turn on your signal. Keep the signal on for at least three seconds before you start to change lanes. This will give other drivers enough time to see your signal and react accordingly.
Also, remember to recheck your surroundings and blind spots before completely moving over, and always give yourself plenty of time and space to make the transition.
Keep a Firm Grip on Your Steering Wheel
Any time you’re behind the wheel, it’s essential to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel. This is particularly true when changing lanes. You never know when someone may cut you off or make an unexpected maneuver.
Keeping a firm grip on your steering wheel will help you maintain control of the car. It’ll also give you more leverage if you need to make a sudden correction. Finally, it’ll help you avoid overcorrecting and veering into oncoming traffic.
Turn Off Signal
Once you’re in the new lane, turn off your signal. Leaving it on is considered rude and can confuse other drivers.
Lane changes are tricky. There’s a lot that can go wrong if you’re not paying attention. You could cut someone off, swerve into oncoming traffic, or even sideswipe another car. But if you follow the tips highlighted above, you can make the process easier and safer for everyone involved.
Contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.
If someone made an improper lane change and caused an accident that left you injured, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and losses. Our experienced car accident attorneys at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. can help. We have a proven track record of success in these cases, and we’re ready to fight for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.