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Who’s at Fault in Lane Change Trucking Accidents?

It's important to share the road responsibly. Whether you're a bicyclist, motorist, or big rig operator, certain dangers are imminent if you don't respect the potential perils that can happen on roadways. Everyone's trying to get from here to there and eventually, vehicles are going to need to change lanes. In cars, blind spots are dangerous enough, but for big rigs, the simple act of changing lanes can cause risks to everyone. If you've been involved in an accident with a big rig, call on the assistance of Las Vegas truck accident attorneys to help you legally establish fault immediately. Here's what you should know:

Common Causes of Lane Change Accidents

Commercial and non-commercial drivers are often guilty of causing lane change accidents for the same reasons. The difference is, the damage delivered by a big rig can often be exponentially more impactful than if two everyday vehicles collide on the road. These accidents often result from:
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Excessive speeding
  • Making a lane change in an intersection
  • Weaving in-and-out of traffic
  • Distracted operators (talking on the phone, texting, messing with the radio, eating, and drinking)
  • Driver fatigue
  • Intoxication

Two Main Types of Lane Change Accidents

Although by nature, accidents are unpredictable, accidents with trucks typically fall into one of two categories:
  • Rear-end collisions, often caused when the car behind the semi is unable to stop in time because the driver's view of the road ahead becomes blocked.
  • Side-swipe incidents, which often cause the most severe damage.

Proving Fault in a Trucking Accident Case

Generally speaking, there are a few main elements when it comes to proving fault in any vehicle accident, including collisions with semi-trucks.
  1. Duty of Care. The operator of the big rig must exercise duty of care. In other words, the driver of the big rig is legally bound to drive their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner.
Your Las Vegas truck accident attorneys will seek ways to prove the other driver's negligence, looking for evidence the accident was not your fault.
  1. Eyewitness Testimony.Given the fact many big rig incidents occur on busy roadways, there are often eyewitnesses. Obtaining testimonies from others who saw the accident take place can be imperative to your case.
  2. Injury.If you're able to prove your injuries resulted from the accident, you may be able to legally make claims against the driver of the big rig to recover:
  • Costs of medical care
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
You'll likely need your doctors' help to prove your injuries resulted from the accident.

Contact the Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorneys of GGRM

If you've been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, seek representation from experienced Las Vegas truck accident attorneys right away. Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez have been helping Southern Nevadans’ receive just compensation for over 45 years. Call 702-388-GGRM (4476) for a free consultation today.