Car accidents unfortunately happen every day, but the leading cause of car accidents may come as a surprise. The most common reason for a car accident to occur is due to an unsafe lane change. While many of these accidents are avoidable, it is important to exercise the correct safe driving practices in order to do so. This will make the roads safer for you and all those around you.
One of the most common reasons for an unsafe lane change accident is the failure on the part of the driver to check his or her blind spot before shifting or merging. Whenever you are looking to make a lane change, it is important to check not only the appropriate side’s mirror, but also the area itself. Another common mistake that drivers make is a failure to use their turn signals, which should always be used before switching lanes.
In addition to these, there are some basic safe driving rules that should be adhered to in order to help prevent unsafe lane changes. Never cut anyone off when changing lanes, nor should you speed up to get one. Even if you don’t collide with another driver, the stopping short that would be necessary could cause an accident involving someone else. Remember to also adhere to the yellow lines in the road that indicate when it is legal to shift lanes and to never change lanes in the middle of an intersection.
While safety measures like these go a long way towards preventing automobile accidents, sometimes they happen anyways. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, we at the Franco Law Firm are here for you to help receive the financial compensation that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call (813) 872-0929.