An improper lane change happens when a driver doesn't yield to others on a multi-lane road. Improper lane change accidents happen when drivers change lanes without following traffic rules or taking precautions. There are several reasons these car accidents occur. For example:
- Failure to use a turn signal: The at-fault driver doesn't use a turn signal when changing lanes, so other drivers don't know their intentions.
- Failure to check blind spots: The driver forgets to check blind spots before changing lanes, leading to an improper lane change.
- Not giving other drivers enough time: This occurs when a driver changes lanes without giving other drivers enough time to react.
- Lack of distance: A driver can cause a crash by changing lanes too closely in front of another vehicle.
- Misjudging speed and distance: Drivers often misjudge the speed and distance of nearby vehicles. This can make it hard to switch lanes without causing a crash.
- Aggressive and reckless driving: Aggressive drivers change lanes recklessly, weaving through traffic without considering others' safety.
- Failure to yield: When a driver changes lanes without letting other vehicles go first, a serious crash can occur.
- Distracted driving: Using a phone or texting while driving can distract the driver from the road, leading to unsafe lane changes.