Unsafe Lane Change Caused Motorcycle Accident in Ohio

Ohio law requires drivers to practice safety when passing other vehicles, making turns, or changing lanes. This includes motorcycles, but due to their size, riders are often seriously hurt because of other drivers’ inattention or recklessness. If you were injured on your motorcycle because another driver did not see you, contact KNR today.


Motorcycle riders always need to be aware of their surroundings when traveling on any road. Many accidents happen with very little or no warning, and even collisions on small roads can result in terrible injuries. When drivers fail to notice motorcyclists and make unsafe road or lane changes, the results for a rider can be terrible – even deadly. Some collisions can result in modest amounts of property damage and limited physical injury. However, unsafe Ohio lane changes frequently cause extremely violent motorcycle accidents that leave victims badly hurt. If you have been in a serious wreck caused by the carelessness of another driver making an unsafe lane change, do not hesitate to contact a skilled Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your rights.

Hundreds of people are killed in lane change motorcycle accidents every year in Ohio, and many more are left seriously injured. If you or a loved one have been hurt, your injuries can affect every aspect of your life. Ohio law requires drivers to practice safety when passing other vehicles, making turns, or changing lanes. However, drivers are often unfamiliar with safe lane changing practices for motorcycles and are distracted in many instances. If you or a loved one have been injured by a careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. As lawyers with decades of experience, we know how difficult a serious motorcycle accident can be for you and your family.

If you would like to speak with an Ohio accident lawyer about your injuries and how we can help you during this difficult time, contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Call at 1-800-HURT-NOW or via our online form. We offer free, no-risk initial consultations and won’t charge you anything until you recover compensation.

Motorcycle Accidents Often Result From Unsafe Lane Changes

Ohio traffic law is meant to enforce safe driving practices that promote the well-being of everyone on the road. Many rules are obvious, such as the requirement to obey traffic signals or to not drink and drive. However, many rules that are meant to prevent unsafe lane changes are often unknown by drivers, particularly concerning motorcycle riders. For example, it’s illegal to make a lane change while passing through an intersection, and this applies even if there are no nearby vehicles. Specifically, an illegal or dangerous lane change can catch an unsuspecting motorcyclist completely off guard because they can become lost in people’s blind spots.

While there are many different types of collisions that can result from unsafe lane changes, some of the most common include:

  • Sideswipes – If someone enters your lane and hits you from the side, you can be pushed off the road or spin out in a serious wreck.
  • Rear-end collisions – Drivers carelessly making a lane change may not notice that they are about to enter a lane where traffic has slowed, causing the driver to strike the rear-end of a car or motorcycle, who may not be easily seen.
  • Head-on collisions – An careless lane change can unexpectedly put a driver in front of oncoming traffic. This can cause an innocent rider in the other direction to be forced off the road or to hit the on-coming.

After any serious motorcycle accident that resulted from an unsafe lane change, it’s important to get to a safe place and then call for emergency help if you or a loved one are hurt. You may suffer from numerous injuries such as:

  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Lacerations and punctures caused by debris
  • Concussions and severe head trauma
  • Damaged organs
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Burns
  • Crushed limbs

Causes Of Unsafe Lane Changes

A negligent driver can cause a terrible accident by ignoring or failing to understand the rules of the road concerning motorcycles. Many unsafe lane changes are done purposefully in cases where the driver does not know that their actions are illegal and dangerous, or in situations where they are driving recklessly and don’t care that they are breaking the law. However, accidents also commonly result from lane changes that are performed by drivers who are distracted and not looking out for others. With so many dangers, it’s understandably very common for safe and responsible motorcyclists to suddenly be struck by an adjacent car that is making an unsafe lane change.

Understanding exactly what happened in your accident is important if your lawyer is going to determine who was responsible and therefore owes you compensation for the damages you suffered.

Some of the most common causes of unsafe lane change motorcycle accidents by careless drivers include:

  • Failure to properly use a turn signal
  • Broken or improperly aligned mirrors
  • A driver who is suffering from fatigue or who is intoxicated
  • Texting or using a cell phone application while driving
  • Distracted by a conversation with passengers
  • Eating while driving
  • Driving dangerously given the weather or road conditions

A Lawyer From Kisling, Nestico & Redick Can Help You

You can be doing everything right and still suffer a sudden and devastating accident because a negligent driver didn’t see you when they tried to switch lanes. Unsafe Ohio lane changes injure hundreds of people every year, and many victims are killed due to their injuries. If you or a loved one have been in such an accident, you can have terrible injuries that require extensive medical attention. Your bills can add up quickly, and you may be out of work for some time. At KNR, we understand how difficult this can be, and we know how to help you recover compensation from the negligent party.

It’s important that you contact an experienced Ohio injury lawyer without delay. Recovering the damages that you need will require negotiating with the insurance companies involved and going to trial if no acceptable financial settlement is offered. Our lawyers have negotiated many cases on behalf of our injured clients, and insurance companies know that we are not afraid to take them to court and win a case at trial. Ohio’s statute of limitations law requires that you file a personal injury suit within two years of your accident. Since it can take time to investigate what really happened, we encourage you to call your lawyer without delay.

Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick to speak with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers about your injuries. We understand how difficult your life can become after a terrible accident caused by the unsafe actions of someone else.

Do not hesitate to call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.