Unsafe Lane Changing Practices

According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 306,367 vehicle crashes in 2008. Improper lane changes are one of the leading causes of car accidents in the state.

Listed below are some common examples of improper lane changing practices:

  • Changing lanes at high speeds
  • Switching lanes at intersections, red lights and stop signs
  • Not using an indicator when changing lanes

Causes of Unsafe Lane Changes

Improper lane changing, also referred to as unsafe lane changing are usually caused by motorists that are in a rush or inattentive. Some common contributing factors to unsafe lane changing are:

Unsafe lane changing can result in a vehicle collision. Often, drivers will have to swerve out of the way, sometimes spinning out of control to avoid a motorist that makes an improper lane change.


Injuries Caused By Unsafe Lane Changing Crashes

It is not uncommon for vehicle occupants to suffer severe and life-altering injuries from an unsafe lane changing accident. Some injuries that often seen in an improper lane changing collision include:

  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Whiplash

Occasionally, an improper lane changing collision will result in fatal injuries. If your loved one was fatally injured in a Georgia car wreck, you may have grounds for legal action.