A sideswipe car accident occurs when the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another while the two are moving alongside each other. These accidents occur most often when one vehicle drifts into the other’s lane, especially when making left, double-lane turns through an intersection.
Though these collisions do not involve two vehicles driving directly into each other, they are no less dangerous than any other type of accident. When involved in these types of accidents, it is important to consult legal assistance as soon as possible.
How Sideswipe Accidents Occur
Sideswipe accidents can occur in a number of ways, all of which can do substantial damage to property and injury to you and your family. Cars that are pulled off to the side of the road to fix a flat tire—or for any other reason—are susceptible to being sideswiped by another vehicle.
Another common situation occurs when a driver moves to avoid an obstacle and isn’t aware of the cars around them. Swerving to avoid a pot hole or a vehicle entering their lane, drivers often react without thinking, sometimes entering the path of another vehicle and sideswiping them.
These situations can occur because of:
• Distracted driving
• Drunk driving
• Driving too fast for conditions
• Falling asleep while driving
• Failing to check a blind spot
• Swerving to avoid collision or an obstacle in the road
Common Injuries in Sideswipe Accidents
Overcorrection is the most dangerous part of sideswipe accidents; what starts as a simple avoidance maneuver can turn deadly. Swerving too quickly can cause a car to hit the one next to it with tremendous force or even cause it to roll over. Some injuries that can result from these accidents include:
• Broken bones
• Loss of limbs
• Internal bleeding
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
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