Sideswipe accidents occur when two cars swipe into each other’s sides, and they aren’t infrequent. As with any car accident, sideswipes can range in severity, but such a collision can lead to serious damage and injury. Sideswipe accidents can be especially startling because often they come without warning—as the car you’re driving beside suddenly swipes into you. If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe accident, first get the medical attention you need and then consult with an experienced car accident attorney.
Many people think sideswipe accidents are relatively minor, but the Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that in 2015 sideswipe accidents accounted for 12.3 percent of all traffic accidents and for 2.6 percent of all traffic fatalities. As you motor through traffic, you naturally spend time driving beside other vehicles. When one of those vehicles collides with the side of your car, it’s called a sideswipe accident.
Such accidents frequently occur when a driver attempts a poorly planned lane change or unintentionally drifts out of his or her own lane. Over- or under-steering on a curve can also contribute to such accidents. Sideswipe accidents are classified as either same direction or opposite direction accidents (opposite direction sideswipe collisions outnumber same direction sideswipes).
If another driver’s negligence has left you injured in a sideswipe accident, consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Duluth, Georgia. The skilled legal team at Brauns Law has the experience and dedication to aggressively advocate for your claim’s most favorable resolution, and we’re here to help.
Injury at Impact
Those involved in sideswipe accidents can incur many kinds of injuries at nearly any level of severity—from relatively minor to fatal—but there are some injuries that are commonly associated with sideswipe crashes:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Injuries to the neck
- Back or spinal injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Cuts and contusions
Sideswipe accidents can be very serious and should never be discounted. If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe collision, seek immediate medical attention before consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer.
Any number of factors can contribute to a sideswipe accident, but there are several that are commonly associated with these collisions:
- Driving under the influence of distraction;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Overcorrecting for an upcoming hazard (or imminent car accident) on the road;
- Making a lane change without first ensuring that the lane is clear to move into (blind spots can exacerbate the danger of such lane changes.
- Drivers who engage in these forms of negligent driving are often found responsible for the sideswipe accidents that ensue.
- Distracted Driving
Distracted driving continues to plague our highways and byways, and it’s such a significantly contributive element to accidents such as sideswipe collisions that it’s worth taking a closer look. Driving is a necessarily serious business, and every driver should be focused on their primary goal of driving safely from Point A to Point B. While there are plenty of distractions out there, the advent of the nearly ubiquitous smartphone has quickly risen to the tippy top of the distraction heap.
Distracted driving has become such a serious problem that the U.S. government has devoted an entire website to the issue, distraction.gov. This site characterizes distracted driving as any driving in which the driver’s attention isn’t fully focused on the essential task of driving safely. Such distractions are broken down into three primary categories:
- Visual distractions that engage your vision
- Manual distractions that engage your hands
- Cognitive distractions that engage your thought processes
- Don’t Text and Drive
Texting (or otherwise engaging with your smartphone) is the crown prince of distractions—it involves all three classifications at one time and is unsafe at any speed. When a driver chooses to text while behind the wheel, that driver puts everyone on the road in danger.
Car accidents are unsettling and often overwhelming. Many people want to put such accidents behind them as quickly as possible, and settling with the insurance company might seem like a good way to accomplish this task. It’s important to remember, however, that insurance companies are in the business of making money. While such companies are accountable at the federal and industry level, their priority is always to turn a profit—rather than to provide you with just compensation for the injury you’ve sustained in a sideswipe accident caused by a negligent driver.
If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe collision, you’re probably looking at a variety of associated costs and expenses:
Medical expenses, including emergency transportation, doctor care, surgery, adaptive medical devices, prescription medications, and ongoing medical and therapeutic treatment and care
- Lost work and wages
- Pain and suffering
Just as every sideswipe accident is unique, so is every sideswipe accident claim. If you’ve been so injured, there are some steps you can take (if possible) at the scene of the accident to help strengthen your claim:
Use your phone to take pictures and/or videos that accurately depict the scene of the accident, contributing circumstances, the damage to both vehicles, and anything else that you think could be pertinent
- Gather eyewitness testimonies in corroboration of your claim (don’t forget to compile eyewitness contact information, as well)
- Obtain any accident reports
Jot down your memories as they relate to exactly what caused the accident and how it transpired (do this as soon as you can—car accidents are overwhelming, and your memories can become confused)
If You’ve Been Injured in a Sideswipe Accident, Seek Legal Counsel from Brauns Law Today
Sideswipe accidents happen, and they can be serious. If someone else’s negligence has caused you to be injured in such an accident, consult with an experienced car accident attorney. At Brauns Law, Personal Injury Firm, in Duluth, Georgia, we have the experience, skill, and dedication to direct your claim toward the compensation to which you’re entitled. Please contact or call us at (404) 205-8614 for a free consultation today.