Unsafe Lane Changes
Changing lanes is a common sight on the streets. Whether the driver is merely avoiding an obstacle, or wishing to overtake a vehicle before him, changing lanes must be done with extreme caution and care…..especially when operating a motorcycle. He must quickly and thoroughly check and monitor his surroundings. The driver must give the appropriate signal that he will transfer to the next lane to give notice to other drivers and motorists. However, most drivers underestimate the dangers that come with sudden lane changes and many motorcycle accidents happen as a result.
The Michigan Vehicle Code states that “in a roadway divided into 2 or more marked lanes, a vehicle shall be driven entirely within a single lane, and should not be moved until the operator has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.”
Whether the driver intends to transfer lanes on the left or the right, he must have a clear and unobstructed view of that lane. Any traffic coming in on that lane must be sufficiently far enough to give time and distance to the drivers involved. He must also turn on his left-turn or right-turn signal before he makes a careful and safe lane change.