Lane Change Crashes

Lane-change and blind-spot accidents are commonly associated with large commercial trucks, the blind-spots of which are significantly larger than those of regular vehicles. However, all vehicles on our roads have their blind-spots and all drivers are responsible for being aware of all vehicles around them to avoid making dangerous lane-changes which could result in an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.

A wide range of accidents can result from the driver’s failure to properly check his/her blind-spots, from car, truck, and motorcycle accidents to boating accidents, moped accidents, and even bicycle accidents. It’s important for all drivers to remember to be “defensive drivers” on the road, meaning to be mindful of any drivers who may be inexperienced, fatigued, reckless, intoxicated, or otherwise impaired in any way, as all of these conditions can contribute to a failure to check blind-spots. Here are some safety tips:

  • If you’re following a large truck, maintain your distance and make sure the truck driver is aware of your presence and can see you if necessary;
  • Always stay aware of all vehicles around you on the road;
  • Watch out for any strange driving behavior (drifting, swerving, speeding, etc.) and maintain distance from these vehicles;
  • Be willing to take tips from others about checking your blind-spots, especially if you are a new or less-experienced driver.

Distracted driving continues to rank among the leading causes of accidents involving lane-changes and blind-spots, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2008 alone, over 34,000 auto accidents involved injury, death, and/or property damage, and about 16% of those resulted from distracted driving, including failure to check blind-spots. Despite strict laws against cell phone use while driving – texting while driving is banned under Illinois law, for instance – the practice continues, and here are some other risk factors which often contribute to lane-change and blind-spot accidents:

  • Distractions;
  • Fatigue;
  • Inexperience;
  • Intoxication;
  • Poor vision;
  • Slower reflexes or forgetfulness due to aging.

We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.