Whether you are shifting from two-lane to single lane roads or driving on the highway, you need loads of patience and awareness to merge safely. Sadly, no matter how cautious you are, collisions can happen any time and the risks are remarkably high. According to a report provided by the United States Department of Transportation, more than 500,000 accidents happen every year due to merges and lane changes.
While most of these cases tend to result in property damage, a lot of victims ask the question “who is to blame?”
Establishing Merging Liability
Liability is arguably the most essential concern people tend to have when it comes to accidents. Without any solid proof, victims cannot receive adequate compensations for their injuries and other troubles. Proving someone’s fault in accidents that happen due to merging can be incredibly complex and confusing, particularly when there is numerous perspectives regarding which person had the right of way.Because Florida happens to be a no-fault state, you have to determine merging liability to file a claim against single or multiple drivers responsible for your injuries.
The court and insurance companies ask an array of questions to determine the driver’s negligence. Let us look at the most common question:
Did anyone Witness the Accident?
Showing police reports and witness statements is arguably the best way to prove someone’s negligence/fault. That said, finding bias-free witnesses can be quite difficult, particularly when it comes to injury compensation.
Was there any Negligence?If you saw a safe and free opening and the person behind your car tried to close the gap by driving quickly resulting in an accident, he or she would be held accountable for it. Once again, it is every driver’s duty to drive carefully, and not doing so could land them into a lot of trouble. That said, if the other driver proves that you attempted to squeeze your vehicle into the traffic despite no room, there is a huge chance that the court may consider you as the negligent party.
Which Driver Had the Right of Way?
When it comes to merging, both drivers need to have some decency in both traffic lanes. The merger should always be attentive and look for safe openings where he or she could merge. However, the person driving in the adjoining lane should also take responsibility and change their speed for an opening.
So, if someone hits your car from behind while trying to merge into the traffic, both parties could be considered responsible for the collision, as one of them should have been more patient while the other individual shouldn’t have been too close to your car.
The person in the moving lane will receive the benefit of the doubt if the people involved couldn’t identify an opening. Once again, cases like these can be quite complicated for both parties. Therefore, it would be best to acquire the services of an experienced law firm to represent you, making sure you can receive your rightful compensation.
Lane Change Accidents in Florida
Lane change accidents can have multiple proceedings. Either one or both parties can get traffic tickets due to the accident. Also, it is worth keeping in mind that your claim will remain valid even if the court finds the responsible party. That said, things could become remarkably easy for you if the other party is guilty.
You can still bring an accident claim (for lane changes) regardless of whether the other party contests the case or gets a ticket. You can also bring your claims independently, despite disagreeing with the way the state attorney and police conducted the accident investigation.
Get Professional Legal Consultation for Merging Accidents in Florida
Were you involved in a merging accident and sustained injuries? If the answer is yes, you may qualify for compensation. However, obtaining compensations can be quite tricky, as you have to jump through various legal barriers. That is where we, at DRG Law Firm can help. Our years of experience with various merging accident cases in Florida, specifically Miami, gives us the upper hand and the expertise necessary to successfully defend our clients.
Our diverse team has overseen merging accident cases and recovered most people’s compensation in a smooth yet diligent manner. Get in touch with us, and one of our attorneys will discuss your particular case with you, helping you determine the best course of action.