Lane Departure Crashes Accident

Each year in New York State there are over 200,000 car crashes. These crashes involve a variety of different scenarios including lane or roadway departure crashes. A lane departure crash is a collision that occurs when one vehicle crosses the median or center line and strikes an oncoming vehicle. A lane departure crash also occurs when a vehicle crosses an edge line and drives off the road. Lane departure crashes are among the most dangerous types of crashes because they often involve head-on collisions. When a head-on collision takes place the impact of two moving vehicles colliding into each other has the potential to cause severe injuries or death. While some lane departure collisions may be caused in part to poor weather conditions or vehicle malfunction, many such accidents are caused by driver negligence. A victim of such a car accident may suffer a painful, devastating injury such as a brain injury, broke bones, contusion, abrasions, a neck injury, or a spinal cord injury. These types of injuries may involve long recovery times, requiring the victim to miss a significant amount of work. However, under New York law victims of lane departure crashes are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a loved one was injured in a lane departure crash, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx Lane Departure Crashes Accident Lawyer who will review your case and explain to you your options for seeking compensation for the losses you suffered as a result of the accident. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your car accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.

Causes of Lane Departure Collisions

As with other types of car accidents there are a number of causes for lane departure collisions. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Tire blow out
  • Hitting a pothole or other road hazard
  • Swerving to avoid a road hazard

Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1128 when a road has been divided into multiple lanes that are clearly marked, drivers are required to drive within a single lane and are not permitted to move out of that lane until the drivers has checked to confirm that the lane change can be safely made. If a driver negligently changes lanes and as a result a lane departure crash occurs, the negligent driver would be legally liable.

Consequences of Head-On Collisions

Lane departure crashes often leave victims with traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and broken bones. Such serious injuries require extensive costly treatment. Through a personal injury claim there are several types of damages that you may be able to recover from the person responsible for the accident. You may be entitled to receive compensation to cover your medical bills- past and future. If you missed worked while recovering from your injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the wages you lost as well as loss of future earning capacity. Furthermore, you may be entitled to compensation for personal property that may have been destroyed or damaged in the accident such as your car or valuable items that were in your car. You may also be entitled to non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. In special cases punitive damages may be available as well.

Bronx Lane Departure Crashes Accident Lawyer

Lane departure accidents can have serious consequences, particularly when the vehicles involved are travelling at high speeds. Under New York law you can pursue compensation from the party responsible for the injuries you sustained in a lane departure crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a lane departure crash, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with vehicle accidents. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC has extensive experience representing clients injured in hit and run accidents, rollover accidents, head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, sideswipe accidents well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.

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