Unsafe Lane Changes can be Negligence
A lot of drivers have at one point or another swerved in a reckless manner to bypass a slower vehicle, evade an obstacle, or avoid missing an exit ramp. In most cases, this is done without untoward incident although it is worth a citation in most states because it is a violation of traffic safety regulations. However, more often than one would like, unsafe lane changes can kill.
This is what happened to a Chicago law enforcement probationer who was killed when his motorcycle hit a car that suddenly swerved in front of him to make a looming exit ramp. The car driver was cited, but investigations may find that he was driving recklessly and may face a wrongful death claim from the downed officer’s family. The officer was not wearing a helmet, and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital to where he was rushed.
As apparent from the articles on the website of the Mokaram Law Firm and most studies on the topic, motorcycle operators involved in motor vehicle accidents are 30 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than a passenger in a car or other more protected vehicle. Fort Worth car accident lawyers would be quick to point out that this is a fact even when the motorcycle operator is a safe and responsible one.
But it is also a fact that many motorcycle accident fatalities are single-vehicle ones, indicating some type of reckless behavior such as making unsafe lane changes on the part of the operator. A Louisville car accident lawyer would examine the scene of a multi-vehicle accident to determine the degree of fault for all parties, because Kentucky applies a pure comparative fault rule to negligent accidents, where the plaintiff’s compensation is reduced by the degree of fault.