Accidents Caused By Merging Traffic Claim *
Merging traffic accident claims * arise when a person is injured in a car accident * that is caused by the negligence of another driver as they are merging from one road to another or one lane to another. These merging lanes are common on motorways or ramps leading to into a motorway and can also be found on a motorway where construction is present. The transition of moving from one road merging into another can be a tough task to handle if the driver is not concentrated and experienced. The bottlenose effect that merging roads create can increase the risk of a car accident *.
Injuries suffered from a road accident caused by merging traffic * can be both physical and emotional. If a person’s quality of life is affected a legal remedy can be sought after for both this and any expenses incurred such as rehabilitation and medical bills. Some of the common injuries sustained from a collision include:
Poor shoulder design
- Shoulder drop-offs that are too pronounced or sharp can lead to motorists losing control of their vehicle. This means that there is a possibility they will cross over into the adjacent lane causing a collision with oncoming traffic. Drivers may also incorrectly judge the distance between vehicles.
- The median strip is the area between opposing lanes on a motorway. The purpose of medians is to separate motorists travelling in different directions to prevent an out of control vehicle to cross over. Medians that are implemented too low to the ground can pose as a high risk. Barriers can also be too rigid which results in a crushed vehicle. Furthermore medians are supposed to be reflective to warn drivers at night.
- It is the responsibility of the local authorities to maintain all roads to a high standard. Some parts of road can erode away causing potholes to form. These potholes can fill with rain forcing the motorist to move out into the road to avoid it, which can cause a collision.
Motorway construction zones
- Construction zones on nearby motorways carry risks to all road users. Lane changes, uneven pavement and poor visibility due to weather conditions can impact driver’s vision on seeing each other. Where motorway construction is present a 3 lane motorway may merge into 1 and where a negligent driver is on the road an accident may occur.
Other common causes that contribute to the amount of accidents caused by merging traffic include:
- Merging too slowly from the on-ramp onto the freeway
- Changing lanes suddenly without using signals
- Crossing multiple lanes of traffic at one
- Cutting off other vehicles abruptly
Given the nature of the motorway and the speed of the cars, one wrong move by one driver could cause an accident which may involve multiple vehicles. In these cases, the person who caused the accident in the first place may be held liable for the car accidents. This will be determined when the accident is investigated to determine who caused the accident.
What to do if you’re involved in a collision
Seek medical attention
For all road traffic accidents * the advice is to receive medical treatment. This will ensure you are omitted into a stable condition and have no internal bleeding or injuries. If the medical team provide you with any medication you should take a picture of the label for future reference. Medication should be distributed to you with your consent.
It is necessary to exchange information with the other party involved in the collision. This will be of benefit in the claims process. To follow protocol, it is recommended that the Gardaí no matter how minor the accident may be. When exchanging information there are a few details that should be included:
- Details of the other party: name, address, contact information, vehicle registration number and vehicle insurance information.
- Name and details of any emergency service workers who attended the scene of the accident.
- Time and date of the incident.
- Weather conditions at the time.
In some circumstances it can be difficult to determine where liability lies in accidents caused by merging traffic claim *. For this reason, it is important to collect any evidence that may assist in showing which party were negligent in their duties. If there were any people who witnessed the collision their contact details should be noted. Any photographic evidence of when the accident occurred should be obtained along with any CCTV footage. This will provide a better understanding of how the collision occurred. Once these steps have been followed you can discuss your situation with a solicitor to figure out what option what is most suitable for you.
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