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Lane change accidents are one of the most common types of motorcycle accidents you can encounter. These accidents occur when a car merges into the same lane as a motorcyclist without noticing. This can happen because the driver is not paying attention to the road or using their blinker, or if the motorcycle is in their blind spot.

Whether the car or the bike is at fault in the accident, when it comes to car vs. motorcycle the car always wins. Motorcycle riders are more likely to take the brunt of the damage in collisions with passenger vehicles. This can leave bikers with serious arm, leg, or head injuries, as well as damage to the bike itself. Here are some tips for avoiding collisions due to changing lanes.

What to look for

Avoiding blind spots is one of the best ways to avoid lane change accidents. One way to tell if you’re in a driver’s blind spot is by checking their mirrors. Much like semi-trucks, if you can’t see the mirror on a car, it’s likely the driver can’t see you. 

Paying attention to the cars can also help you determine if a driver is planning to change lanes. If their turn signals come on and the wheels begin to turn, you can assume the driver hasn’t seen you and is about to switch lanes. You can also watch to see if the driver is turning their head to potentially check their blind spots. These signals make it easier to tell if someone is planning on changing lanes, even if they haven’t spotted you. 

If you’ve been in a lane changing motorcycle accident

Sometimes getting sideswiped by a car changing lanes is avoidable, but not everyone is so lucky. So what do you do if you were unfortunate enough to be involved in a lane change accident? The first thing you should do, of course, is call an ambulance

Whether you feel like you only had a minor fall and don’t need to go to the hospital, you could be more injured than you think. In the event of an injury, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries can prove to be debilitating. After you seek medical attention, we recommend reaching out to a motorcycle injury attorney. Your attorney will help determine who was at fault in the accident and fight for you to get the settlement you deserve. Contact Inland Empire Motorcycle Law to speak to our qualified and concerned motorcycle accident attorneys.