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Helping you get compensation for lane change accident injuries in Virginia

It’s important for drivers to choose a lane and remain between the lines. Weaving in and out of traffic or veering into someone else’s lane is dangerous. These activities are illegal in Virginia, and they may result in a traffic citation.

When a driver crosses into a lane that’s already occupied by another vehicle, it can cause a serious crash. In Eastern Virginia, we see many lane change wrecks happening on Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway), Interstate 64, and numerous rural four-lane roads.

If you were injured because someone made a dangerous lane change, contact GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys right away. Our personal injury law firm has recovered significant verdicts and settlements for our clients. Partners Ken Gibson and John Singleton are former U.S. Marines with small-town values and big-city experience.

Ken served as a state and federal prosecutor, and John worked for a large insurance firm. We have the knowledge, resources, and skills to thoroughly investigate your accident and pursue justice against those who harmed you.

Call our Virginia car accident attorneys at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to schedule a FREE consultation today.

We also offer everyone our Zero Fee Guarantee, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.

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What’s the safest way to make a lane change?

Changing lanes is one of the most difficult things to learn when you start driving. It involves important steps that must be performed in the right order.

Follow these steps when you want to move into a new lane:

  1. Check your overhead mirror and either the driver-side mirror or the passenger-side mirror to make sure the lane you wish to enter is open.
  2. If you see someone traveling behind you in the lane you wish to enter who seems to be going faster than you, allow them to pass.
  3. When the lane is open, activate your blinker.
  4. Look over your left or right shoulder, depending on which side lane you intend to enter, to make sure your blind spot is empty.
  5. Complete your lane change.
  6. Maintain your current speed.

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What is a blind spot?

For car drivers, a blind spot is an area around the vehicle where you cannot detect an object without turning your head. Blind spots are on both sides of your car, extending about 10 feet behind you. If a car is traveling in your blind spot, you won’t be able to detect it by looking in a mirror. That’s why it’s so important to briefly look back over your shoulder before you begin making a lane change.

Semi-trucks have large blind spots on all four sides, and the passenger side blind spot extends across several lanes. So always be cautious when passing a truck on either side and don’t linger in a lane when you are traveling next to a big rig truck.

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What causes lane change accidents?

The following unsafe actions cause lane change accidents:

  • Failure to look in the overhead and side mirrors
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Failure to signal before making a lane change
  • Driving between lanes
  • Misjudging the speed of traffic when entering a lane
  • Passing in a no-passing zone
  • Sudden merging
  • Failure to look out for bicycles and motorcycles
  • Failure to match the speed of other drivers when changing lanes
  • Cutting off another driver
  • Distracted driving
  • DUI

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How can a Virginia car accident lawyer help me?

If you were injured by a driver who made a careless lane change, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will investigate the accident by gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and retrieving available surveillance or dashcam video. We will also review the police report and accident scene photos to find out who caused the accident.

In many cases, a driver who makes an unsafe lane change ends up causing a crash. As soon as our investigation is complete, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will file a claim or lawsuit against anyone whose negligent actions contributed to your injuries. If the other side fails to make a reasonable offer, we’re always prepared to take them to court.

When GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys files an unsafe lane change accident claim or a lawsuit, it includes the following types of damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Medical devices
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Assisted living care
  • Lost wages
  • Occupational therapy
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death
  • Wheelchair ramps for your home

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Who can help me with my lane change accident injury in Virginia?

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we consider it our calling to help people who have been senselessly harmed in an accident. We serve our clients with excellence and compassion, and both of our partners have firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to be an injury victim.

Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today. We’re here to work wisely for you, and you won’t pay anything unless we win.

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Community Service

Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.