As the name suggests, sideswipe accidents happen when one vehicle strikes, scrapes, or otherwise makes contact with the side of another vehicle. Sideswipe accidents typically are not as serious as T-bone incidents (another type of side-impact collision), but they can lead to major injuries and property damage, given the right circumstances. These incidents can happen between two vehicles in motion or between one vehicle that is moving and one that is not. Here, we want to review common causes of sideswipe accidents, injuries that can occur in these incidents, and potential liability issues.
Sideswipe accidents can occur in various ways around our area, including the following:
Sideswipe accidents could lead to a range of injuries for those inside the vehicles involved. The severity of the injuries will vary depending on the overall nature of the accident. For example, incidents that occur at higher speeds or those that lead to a vehicle slamming into other objects or going off the road may lead to worse injuries.
Some of the most common injuries associated with sideswipe accidents include:
Sideswipe accident liability can be challenging to determine. We encourage you to reach out to a personal injury lawyer who can help you investigate this incident and determine liability. An attorney assist in handling every aspect of your claim, including negotiations with insurance carriers.
Determining liability for a sideswipe accident involves gathering evidence at the scene of the incident, examining vehicle damage, and possibly even obtaining vehicle black box data. Some of the evidence that can help pinpoint exactly who caused the incident includes the location of the damage on the vehicles, photographs taken at the scene of the crash, and video surveillance footage from nearby cameras if footage is available.