Gainesville, FL asked in Car Accidents for Florida

Q: Can you be at fault for changing lanes when all the other cars are stopped and you turn on your signal in advance?

All of the cars are stopped and there is an open space to your left to pull into the left lane due to a gap left between a car and a truck. However, despite you already being halfway in the lane in the middle of the lane change, the truck suddenly accelerates in the middle of your change and slams into you due to lack of awareness or distracted driving. Who is at fault?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you're able to consult with a local attorney for state-specific vehicle and traffic law, the general rule nationwide is that the vehicle changing lanes or merging has a duty to make sure it's safe to do so. However, these can be tricky situations, and another vehicle speeding up could also share blame. Your respective carriers are probably going to examine closely. Good luck

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