One of the most important factors that we have to consider and solidify during a car accident case is WHO is at fault. Without determining fault, it is actually extremely difficult to find a case if there is no fault during an accident.
So now, the question is WHO is at fault during a merging accident in Fort Lauderdale? That really depends on who was already in the lane and who was the one merging INTO the lane of someone that was already on it.
If the driver that was merging (aka, going into someone else’s lane) was the one that crashed into the driver already in the lane, then it is the merger’s fault. This is because of the nature of right of way. Basically, the car that is already in their lane has the right of way. So in this case, the driver that is already in their lane and driving straight in the lane is always going to be in the right. The car that is merging (going into another lane) is the one that will be at fault. They don’t have right of way and they are entering another lane, so they are supposed to be careful when merging lanes.
Many drivers that get into car accidents while merging lanes are those that do not follow these general rules:
- Cutting off drivers
- Not using lane changing lights
- Speeding when changing lanes
- Trying to squeeze between two cars
- Not looking for cars in the opposite lane that may try to merge into your lane as well
- Merging too slowly
These are all factors that could cause a merging accident in Fort Lauderdale. However, it is not just limited to these factors. Lots of accidents in Fort Lauderdale are caused by a multitude of variables.
However, there must be ways to prevent a merging accident in Fort Lauderdale right?
Absolutely. Here are some tips on the road, when executed properly, can prevent you from getting into a serious car accident in Fort Lauderdale:
- Do not speed when changing lanes, keep the same speed
- Always use your turn signal. Too many times in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, people do NOT use their turn signals
- Do not tailgate the car in front of you
- Do not stop in the middle of the lane. Slowing down to the point of stopping can cause delays and possibly accidents in the rest of the road
These are about as basic and as easy of rules as it gets when it comes to preventing car accidents in Miami. Merging lanes are quite common because of how easy it is to forget that there are cars on the opposite lane. If you ever find yourself on the sticky end of a car accident in Fort Lauderdale because of a merging incident, call a personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
Contacting a Car Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale
At FLL Accident Lawyers, our team is focused on you. Customer satisfaction and making sure that you are back to living your life as you want is our goal.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a car accident that was caused by someone else’s distracted driving, give us a call.
With decades of experience under our belt and hundreds of cases for our clients, we have utmost confidence that we can help you get financial compensation for the personal injuries that were caused at the hands of someone else’s distracted driving.
We offer free consultation to hear what happened to you. From there, once we feel like we can provide value, our team will start gathering evidence and photos to build you a strong case.
Remember, we don’t win until YOU win.