Traffic lanes exist to organize the traffic flow, helping minimize the risk of accidents. But, if drivers fail to stay in their lanes, they could cause accidents that may involve several vehicles and significant damage. Drivers who are guilty of this action can be held liable for their negligence. If you were injured in a car accident because of a negligent driver who did not stay in their lanes, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered. 

When Could a Driver Violate Lane Rules?

Drivers on roadways divided into at least two clearly marked lanes must drive their car in one lane. If they wish to change lanes, they must ensure it is safe to do so. Failing to maintain a lane can happen when the driver falls asleep while driving, fails to check the blind spot, and drives while distracted.

I am sure we have all been through a situation like this: You are driving along a multi-lane road and proceed to change or merge lanes, only to quickly swerve back or get honked by another ongoing vehicle in your blind spot. Indeed, failuring to check your blindspot can create a dangerous situation for both you and those around you, plus you will be held responsible if you get into an accident. Check out this guide to find out the best ways to check your blindspots to avoid accidents.

Determining Liability

Fault for car accidents that result from the failure of a driver to stay in one lane is determined based on negligence. Proving negligence involves proving that the person has had a duty of care to the victim and breached this duty, resulting in the victims’ injuries. 

Every driver who applies for a driver’s license agrees to follow all traffic laws which include those that govern lane changes. Thus, a driver has a duty of care to other people on the roadway to maintain their lane. Failing to safely change lanes is a violation of the law. 

What to Expect when the Victim Is Partially At-Fault

When the victim is found to have also contributed to the crash, they are not entirely barred from recovering monetary compensation. In California, injured parts can collect damages even if they are 99% at fault for the crash. But, the courts will decrease the award of the plaintiff by their percentage of fault. 

How to Prove the Other Driver’s Negligence

A motorist who drifts into another lane even if it is not safe to do so may not admit fault. That is why evidence must be collected to prove negligence. Car accident attorneys can help victims gather evidence like traffic camera footage of the car accident and police reports. But, victims can also take photos of traffic flow, vehicle damage, traffic signs, and lane markers right after the accident, if they are physically able to do so. In addition, they can speak to witnesses and get their contact information. Their lawyer can speak with these witnesses in an interview as they conduct their investigation.