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Sideswipe Car Accidents
Sideswipe Car Accidents-Blind Spot Accidents
A sideswipe accident refers to an accident where the sides of two vehicles traveling in opposite or the same direction make impact. These types of accidents are responsible for most of the dents, and missing trims along the sides of many vehicles you see on the road. Side swipe car accidents are actually “blind spot accidents” because they happen when a driver changes lanes right into the vehicle hidden in their blind spot. Sometimes drivers drift dangerously into another lane because they have fallen asleep on the wheel or they are intoxicated. You may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the other driver to cover your damages if you were involved in a sideswipe accident.
Common Causes Of Side Swipe Accidents
Every driver on Texas roads has the duty to drive carefully and follow traffic rules to avoid car crashes. Any driver that fails to do this is a negligent driver. Negligence is the top reason why car accidents happen and this includes sideswipe accidents. Some negligent actions that often lead to sideswipe accidents include:
- A driver texting or playing with a phone while driving
- A driver grooming themselves while driving
- A driver answering phone calls and failing to look for their blind spot while changing lanes
- Aggressive driver sideswiping another vehicle deliberately
- A fatigued or tired driver falling asleep and veering to the other lane
- Drivers operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A driver failing to yield when merging onto another road or highway
Sideswipe accidents often result in property damage such as jammed doors and scratches. But they can also cause serious injuries especially if the vehicles involved were moving at a high rate of speed.
Injuries Caused By Sideswipe Car Accidents
When sideswipe accident happens on an interstate highway, there is a potential that it may cause other serious accidents. This is especially likely when one driver tries to avoid the sideswipe collision and as result ends up hitting other vehicles or objects. The lives and property of other drivers on the road is at risk in such situations. In the worst cases, the car avoiding the sideswipe may end up flipping over in the middle of the highway. Some of the injuries that result from sideswipe car accidents include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries resulting in paralysis
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Burn injuries and more
Some of these injuries can leave a victim requiring medical treatment for months or even years after the accident. Other victims are robbed the ability of making a living by these types of injuries.
You Deserve Justice For Your Injuries
An experienced car accident lawyer can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and also help you file a lawsuit to help you get the settlement amount you deserve. You can get compensation to cover past and future medical bills, car repair expenses, lost wages and more. A lawyer can also carry out an investigation with the help of experts to gather evidence that can help you get maximum attainable settlement or verdict.