When working with victims of car crashes, our Nashville accident lawyers frequently run across witness statements and police reports that note the other driver’s failure to stay in the proper lane. In fact, The Auto Insurance Center reveals that “failure to keep in proper lane,” is the number one reason for fatal auto accidents in the State of Nashville. What does this mean and how does this type of bad driving impact so many motorists and pedestrians?

What Does It Mean to Keep in the Proper Lane?

While driving down the road, each motorist is assigned a lane. Although changing lanes is allowed, drivers may only do so with proper signaling at a time when it is safe to make the move. The rest of the time, the driver stays within the lane and neither crosses over the lines identifying it nor touches them. That said, there are bad driving behaviors that put pedestrians and motorists at risk.

  • Weaving. A driver weaves in and out of traffic lanes. Some drivers think that this enhances the speed with which they reach their destinations.
  • Drifting. A gradual full or partial move out of a lane often takes place when a driver does not pay attention. Texting is a common reason for this behavior.
  • Erratic lane changes. An impaired driver may change lanes erratically.

Working with Your Nashville Accident Lawyers to Overcome Driver Excuses

When a driver who is subsequently cited with a failure to keep in the proper lane has hurt you, you will probably hear quite a few excuses from this motorist. Insurance adjusters may try to scare you away from pursuing a larger settlement by echoing some of these justifications. For example, they might tell you that while the driver did not stay in the assigned lane, the change itself cannot really be deemed unsafe. At other times, they may try to argue that the line marking was faded and difficult to see or that the road is narrow and therefore staying in a lane is too difficult.

What Really Matters

Pedestrians and motorists who have been harmed by a driver’s bad behavior do not want to hear excuses about fading lines. Whether the driver was focusing on the radio, texting or not alert, the subsequent accident has resulted in bodily harm and property damage. When you need help to learn more about your rights, contact us for information.