If you have been involved in accidents caused by merging traffic then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
There can be confusion over who has the right of way when traffic merges into one lane and as a result this can cause accidents to happen.
Road signs are not always clear and when you may be unfamiliar with the rules governing merging traffic.
Merging into one lane can cause aggressive behaviour between both drivers as they feel they are in the right. This aggressive behaviour can in turn lead to other accidents on the road due to driver error.
There are many rules in the Highway Code and rule 134 states that:
‘Merging in turn is recommended but only if safe and appropriate when vehicles are travelling at a very low speed, e.g. when approaching road works or a road traffic incident.’
Generally if one vehicle has already committed into the merged lane then the other vehicle should give way. However this does not always happen. It is important to proceed with caution when changing lanes ensuring the use of your mirrors and to not force the other driver to speed up. Failure to drive with due care and attention can result in accidents caused by merging traffic.
In most cases the driver will assess whether it is safe and appropriate to merge or whether to give way to the other driver.
But in some instances it can turn into a battle. A driver may feel they need to speed up to establish their right of way which can force the other car to either slow down or speed up.
Other drivers could be put into danger when these manoeuvres happen which can cause merging traffic accidents to happen
Who is at fault for accidents when merging lanes depends on the individual circumstances. Either driver could be at fault, or both could be at fault. It is a driver’s duty to ensure they drive with due care and attention and to drive in a safe and reasonable manner.
There are several scenarios that may happen resulting in accidents caused by merging traffic which can help determine fault.
For example if you are the merging driver and you did not give way to a driver already in the established lane then you could be liable for the accident
If you acted aggressively and sped up to maintain your position in a dangerous manner, then again, they could be liable even though they were already in the established lane.
If neither driver gave way and the two vehicles collided then both can be held liable. Then the result could be an accident caused by merging traffic.
After you have an accident it is important to safely pull over to avoid obstructing other road users.
When there is an injury phone the police to attend the scene of the accident. The police will report on the circumstances around the accident which may be used when making a claim.
Witness details to assist when making a claim.
All this information will be taken into consideration when making a claim and can only help with the process.
You may sustain an injury when involved in an accidents caused by merging traffic. If you do then it is important to seek medical attention to ascertain the extent of the injury and what treatment you require.
The GP will do a report on your injury and treatment which will be used as medical evidence. If you have visible injuries then taking photographs will assist also.
Your insurance company may suggest a solicitor when making a personal injury claim; however you can appoint your own.
The solicitor will arrange for an independent medical professional to carry out a medical examination and will report on the injuries sustained and advise on what treatment you will require. You may require physiotherapy for example if you have a whiplash injury.
The time it takes for a compensation claim to come to a settlement depends on the individual circumstances of the accident.
If it is fairly straightforward and the blame is with the other driver then reaching an agreement and settlement figure can take only a matter of months.
When both parties are to blame then this can take loner as neither will want to accept their part in the accident. The settlement figure in these cases depends on the proportion of blame. It could be 50:50 or 70:30.
When the injury is serious this can result in a more complex claim and may take considerably longer with reaching a settlement agreement.
You may or the other party may have sustained life changing injuries for example and this will be taken into account when the courts come to reach an agreement.
They may take into account ongoing medical treatment, your physical limitations as a result of the accident, modifications to your home or car and any psychological affects the accident has had on you.
Compensation claims for accidents caused by merging traffic are under our no win no fee policy so there are no upfront fees to start your claim.