A driver who cuts off another can cause a collision that can seriously injure the driver and passengers in the other vehicle. An improper lane change can cause head, back, and neck injuries, broken bones, and other medical problems.
If you were injured in an accident because another driver made an improper lane change in Los Angeles, you may be facing medical bills for surgery, chiropractic treatments, and physical therapy. You may find yourself unable to work, as well, facing either temporary or permanent disability.
A Los Angeles improper lane changes lawyer may be able to help. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm handles personal injury cases. We may be able to help you seek financial compensation for your injuries. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
California Laws on Lane Changes
A driver may move to the left in limited circumstances, such as when passing another vehicle that is traveling in the same direction or if the driver is preparing to make a left turn. If a road is divided into two or more lanes, a driver must stay entirely in one lane whenever that is practical and may only change lanes if it can be done safely.
A motorist may only cross solid, parallel lines to make a left turn or to make a U-turn where that is permitted. If one line on the driver’s side of the road is broken, the driver may cross the line to pass another vehicle traveling in the same direction.
A driver may only pass another vehicle on the right if the vehicle to be passed is making or preparing to make a left turn or if the road is wide enough for two or more vehicles to move in the same direction. Under Sec. 21751 of the California Statutes, a driver who wants to pass another vehicle traveling in the same direction may only cross to the left of the center of the road if the driver can clearly see that the left side of the road is free of oncoming vehicles and the driver can pass the other car safely.
If a road has three lanes, a motorist may only use the center lane to pass another vehicle if the driver can see the road ahead and the center lane is free of traffic for a safe distance. A driver may travel in the center lane if it is designated for traffic traveling in that direction or if the driver is preparing to make a left turn.
If a barrier or dividing section separates a road into two or more parts, a driver may not cross the dividing section and may only make a U-turn or a left turn if there is an opening in the barrier to allow such a turn. A motorist may not drive a vehicle from a service road that is located along a public road onto the main road unless there is an opening in the curb or area separating the two roads.
A driver may not cross double lines separating a high-occupancy vehicle lane from other lanes. Drivers may only enter or exit high-occupancy vehicle lanes in designated areas.
How a Los Angeles Improper Lane Changes Lawyer May Help
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can review the police report related to the accident, statements from witnesses, and any video of the collision that may exist to figure out what happened and who bears liability in the collision. If the other driver made an improper lane change and was liable for the accident that caused your injuries, our firm can seek financial compensation on your behalf.
People often do not know how much compensation they may seek for personal injuries related to a car accident. In some cases, victims do not fully realize the seriousness of their injuries right away and need to receive treatment for a longer period of time than they anticipate.
Insurance companies may offer you an initial settlement that does reflect what you deserve. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can pursue a financial award to cover your medical bills and lost wages. We can work to negotiate a reasonable settlement with the other driver’s insurance company. If the insurer is only willing to offer an amount that we do not believe would fairly compensate you for what you have been through and what you are continuing to experience, we may file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
Our team does not shy away from tough cases. We are not afraid to go to court when necessary to obtain fair compensation for our clients’ injuries.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will not charge you for our legal services unless our firm is able to secure a financial award for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with an improper lane changes accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Contact Us for Help With Your Personal Injury Case
If you suffered an injury in an auto accident, a Los Angeles improper lane changes lawyer may be able to help you seek financial compensation, but you have a limited amount of time to act. Sec. 335.1 of the California Statutes sets a two-year deadline for filing an action related to personal injury. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss the accident and your injuries and to learn about your legal options.