Improper Merging Accidents
Almost every driver has experienced a stressful merging situation while driving. Whether there is heavy traffic, unclear signage, someone not paying attention, or a failure to yield the right-of-way, merging accidents are incredibly dangerous, particularly if they happen at high speed. Merging accidents also tend to result from aggressive driving and road rage. There are many different places where a merging accident can take place, including a highway, a parking lot or areas where roadways adjoin. A seasoned Massachusetts car accident lawyer at our firm is prepared to help you determine whether you may be entitled to compensation from a careless driver after an improper merging crash. We will strive to ensure that you are treated fairly by all parties and insurance companies involved in your dispute.Improper Merging Accidents in Massachusetts
When a driver enters a roadway, he or she has a duty to use reasonable caution to ensure that the way is clear before proceeding. There are also often road signs at junctures that indicate which vehicle has the right-of-way. Many drivers approach merging with carelessness, and simply begin accelerating without determining whether the other lane is clear. One of the most dangerous types of merging is when a driver leaves a parking space to enter the flow of traffic. If the driver is reversing, the outcome can be a T-bone collision or a pedestrian accident.
Many drivers also fail to signal their intentions when merging onto the highway or changing lanes. And while some drivers approach merging at high speeds, others approach it too slowly and create situations where faster-moving traffic on the roadway has to stop suddenly to accommodate the slow-moving vehicle. Finally, distracted driving and intoxicated driving lead to some of the biggest merging accidents because they can involve a driver being completely unaware of what is happening on the roadway and unable to react in time to changing conditions.Seeking Compensation After an Improper Merging Accident
If you were injured in an improper merging accident, you can bring a personal injury claim to recover compensation for any damages that you suffered as a direct and foreseeable result of the crash, and a knowledgeable injury attorney can help. In order to make this kind of claim, which would proceed under a theory of negligence, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty to act according to a certain standard of care, and that the defendant failed to do so. When it comes to driving, motorists owe one another a duty to operate their vehicles with reasonable care and skill similar to how a prudent and cautious driver would operate a motor vehicle when faced with the same situation. This includes refraining from distracted driving activities, not driving while intoxicated, yielding the right-of-way, and driving according to the speed limit and apparent flow of traffic.
If you are successful in establishing a breach of duty, you must next show that the defendant’s breach was the cause of the damages that you sustained. If the defendant can point to something else as a substantial factor in the crash, such as your own negligence, improper road signage, or severe weather, then you may be barred from recovering compensation from him or her. If you are successful in establishing causation, then you can potentially collect damages for your related expenses, including past and future estimated medical costs, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and decreased quality of life.Dedicated Car Accident Lawyer Serving Massachusetts
Some car crashes result in minor injuries that heal quickly, but others leave the victim with permanent harm and a lifetime of pain. We have seen firsthand how stressful and disruptive a car accident can be for the victim and his or her loved ones. A skilled attorney at our Massachusetts firm is available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. Call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.