Knoxville Unsafe Lane Change Accidents
Regardless of whether a person is driving on an interstate highway or a multi-lane road with a low speed limit, it is important to their safety and the safety of others to signal properly and check one’s surroundings before changing lanes. If a car is driving in your vehicle’s blind spot but you do not check before shifting lanes, you could collide with the other vehicle. Victims of such accidents can experience a wide range of injuries. Injuries sustained can be anything from a few, tiny lacerations to spinal cord injuries and broken bones. If you or a loved one has been injured in an unsafe lane change accident caused by another driver, you should contact one of the Knoxville car accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your case and your options moving forward. For over 25 years, our firm, consisting of over 30 lawyers and more than 120 support staff members, has advocated for auto accident victims across Tennessee.What to Do After an Unsafe Lane Change Accident
To illustrate a collision caused by an unsafe lane shift, let’s say that you are driving on Interstate 40 in Knox County on your way to work one morning. Rush hour traffic is especially horrible on this day due to a collision that occurred earlier on the interstate highway. Many drivers are weaving violently in and out of traffic. Some drivers are aggressively driving by cutting other drivers off. However, it seems as though almost all of the drivers that are weaving in and out of traffic and driving dangerously are not properly signaling or even checking their mirrors. One driver who is speeding decides to change lanes without signaling or checking his surroundings, and unsurprisingly, he collides with your vehicle and causes you to sustain significant injuries.
After a collision, your injuries may be so critical that you are rushed to a nearby hospital. Regardless of if you are treated at a nearby medical facility like Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Turkey Creek Medical Center – located at 10820 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934 – or the University of Tennessee Medical Center, medical bills can be expensive. Recovering economic damages is how you can be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and other monetary losses that stem from the crash. A car accident lawyer in the Knoxville area can help you prove your claim in order to recover damages.
Establishing the other driver’s negligence, however, is the key to recovering damages. In order to establish the defendant’s negligence, you must show that you sustained injuries because the other driver breached a duty of reasonable care that was owed to you by him or her. Since the State of Tennessee operates under the doctrine of modified comparative negligence, your recovery could be greatly reduced if the defendant accuses you of being at fault for the collision and a jury agrees. Luckily, if you have a lawyer representing your legal interests, he or she can defend you against such allegations of comparative fault and help you identify the proof needed to maintain your claim.If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident, We Are Here to Help
Tragedy can strike in the form of an unsafe lane change accident when a driver fails to signal or look in his vehicle’s mirrors before changing lanes. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we advocate for auto collision victims in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and in other communities throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our firm today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with an auto collision attorney. After speaking with us, you will see why NST is the way to go.