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What You Risk When You Don’t Know How to Merge

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Lately, you feel like every time you have to merge onto the highway, you’re risking your life. Although you know how to properly merge and who has the right of way, it seems like everyone else who passes you doesn’t have a clue. Didn’t we all learn how to take turns in kindergarten?

So, why is merging so dangerous? If it’s as simple as everyone just taking turns, why are there so many accidents?

Common Merging Accidents

Although merging may seem like a straightforward maneuver, the problem is that not everyone is considerate enough, aware enough, or intuitive enough 100% of the time to guarantee safety. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 300,000 merging accidents occur every year. Depending on the type of merging scenario encountered, approximately 50,000 of these crashes are fatal, while the remaining collisions vary in injury severity.

The most common types of dangerous merging scenarios include:

  • Side-swipe spinouts. If the driver of a merging vehicle fails to see you until after he begins his merge, he may try to overcorrect to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, many overcorrections cause more harm than good; not only could he still shear your side, but he could potentially put motorists in other lanes at risk.
  • Braking truck collisions. When a motorist attempts to merge in front of a truck without proper care, he could cause the trucker to panic and slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. Since trucks are extremely heavy, braking on a dime is difficult. If a truck can’t stop in time, skidding accidents, loss of control, rollovers, and jackknife accidents could be the catastrophic result of a careless merge.
  • Front- and rear-end collisions. When a driver misjudges the space he has to merge into or the speed of the traffic he is joining, he could maneuver straight into your rear end or cause you to collide with his rear end, resulting in massive damage and injury.
  • Blind spot collisions. Making sure there is enough space to move into is the most crucial part of merging. If a motorists fails to thoroughly check his blind spot, he could potentially cause you to slam right into him

When Idiocy Merges into You

An unfortunate truth to driving is that 75% of traffic accidents are caused by other vehicles. This means that even if you’re a safe driver and take precautions to try to avoid accidents, other drivers can still cause you to suffer. When this happens, you and your family may wind up spending years trying to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. Let us help you ease this pain by getting you the justice and compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call today for a free consultation and review of your case and claim. See how we can help you safely get back on track for your family’s future. We’re waiting to help you!

Do you want to protect your friends and family from a merging accident? You can use your social media connections to keep your loved ones safe and our roads clear by sharing this page with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Remember, knowing the risk is half the battle; help your loved ones know their risk before it’s too late. Share now.

Andrew Thomas
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Andrew Thomas is an experienced civil litigation attorney in Virginia and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
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