When a vehicle is changing lanes, turning, or merging into traffic, it is required by law to give a turn signal. However, that often doesn’t happen, and it causes an accident. Proving that another vehicle did not use a turn signal can be challenging.
It will become a he-said she said argument. You would have to get eyewitnesses that support your claim or have the entire incident on video to show that without a doubt the other driver did not use a turn signal when entering the lane of traffic as he or she merged.
Merging accidents are quite common. They can happen when someone changes lanes and doesn’t properly judge the space, merging when there is no room because the lane is ending, or a driver entering a road from a controlled access ramp or a ramp where they should yield, and they hit another car.
The driver who is entering the lane of traffic and strikes the other car is always at fault for the merging crash. So, you don’t really have to worry about proving whether the other driver used his or her turn signal. Sometimes a merging accident can lead to a multi-car collision, especially if it involves a merging vehicle cutting in too closely and starting a chain reaction rear-end collision.
Damages That Result From Merging Crashes
Merging accidents can lead to serious injuries and severe damages. Your damages might include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental trauma, permanent scarring and disfigurement, long-term disabilities, future medical expenses, future loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and property damages.
Your personal injury attorney will help you determine all your damages before your accident injury claim is filed. All damages must be claimed at once, so it is wise to have an attorney help you file your initial claim and deal with the insurance company.
You will need to keep all evidence and documentation to support your claim. This includes the accident report, medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, proof of being unable to enjoy hobbies or attend other events, and photos of damages and injuries.
You should also have a written estimate for the cost of repairing your vehicle. Using this documentation, your attorney can calculate a fair value for your claim and help you get access to the funds that you need and deserve in such situations.
Consult With a Personal Injury Attorney
You will need to consult with a personal injury attorney after you have been involved in a merging accident. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to have your details shared with an accident injury lawyer.
Your case will be thoroughly reviewed, and a lawyer will tell you the best way to proceed with your claim. Time is of the essence, so get your claim on track today before it is too late to recover compensation for your damages.