Negligent Lane Shifting Example (NC personal injury)

Friday morning, January 17, 2014, the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to US 421 North bound on a report of a traffic collision involving personal injury and a WSFC school bus.

The police department investigation revealed that a Toyota passenger car, operated by Vannois Tally Jefferson IV, was attempting to merge from the right lane into the left Lane.

Jefferson did not observe the Dodge Neon driven by Brittany Sadonna Jones, traveling in the left lane as he made his move. Jefferson was issued a traffic citation for unsafe movement.

After the Toyota hit the back right quarter panel of the Neon, the Neon lost its bearing and slid into the right lane where it ran into the WS/FC school bus #80 which was in the right lane. The bus driver nor the seven students aboard suffered any injuries.

The Neon driver, Ms. Jones, suffered injuries and went to the hospital for treatment.

In this situation, if the facts are as reported, the driver of the Toyota is negligent for the personal injuries of the driver of the Neon. Reason: the Toyota driver collided with a car that had the right of way. Put another way, the Toyota driver failed to maintain a proper look-out before determining it was safe to change lanes.

 Just another example of negligence if this were a personal injury case.

Kirk Sanders represents persons seriously injured in car wrecks and trucking cases. Call 336-724-4707 to have a free consultation.

 Per the Camel City Dispatch: