A sideswipe accident involve two cars traveling in the same direction, with one car colliding into the side of the other. According to the Insurance Information Institute, approximately 775,000 sideswipe crashes occur nationwide every year. Sideswipe accidents typically happen when one driver changes lanes when it is unsafe to do so. Depending on how fast the vehicles were going, these accidents can be serious and can potentially result in severe injury.
Sideswipe accidents can result in a number of injuries, ranging from minor to serious. Some of these injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Herniated discs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Trauma to one side of the body
Usually, the driver who changed lanes or moved into the path of the other vehicle is the one who is found liable in sideswipe accidents. A common cause of sideswipe accidents is when the driver at fault didn’t properly check his or her mirrors and blind spots before merging. A driver may also be distracted, perhaps by a cell phone or other electronic device, and accidentally drift into another driver’s lane when it is unsafe. In other cases, sideswipe accidents can result from intoxicated drivers, road rage, and failing to signal for a lane change. Sometimes, weather may play a factor, and hydroplaning can be the cause for a sideswipe accident. Certain sideswipe accidents can be the result of two drivers trying to merge into the same lane at the exact same moment. In this scenario, determining fault can be complex, and may also depend on the state the accident happened in.
This is when a good auto accident attorney comes in handy. If you were injured in a sideswipe accident and you’re confident that the other driver was at fault, it’s likely you are already working with an experienced attorney who is working hard at proving your case. Once your case settles, you may be receiving the monetary compensation you need to take care of the medical bills and other expenses that could have directly resulted from your accident.
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