Side-Swipe Collisions

Most people believe that side-swipe collisions are usually minor with only minimal property damage. However, this is not always the case. These types of accidents can lead to an inability to control the car which can lead to serious injuries and can even be fatal. Side-swipe collisions occur when two vehicles are driving next to each other and one vehicle suddenly or gradually drifts or veers into another car in the next lane.

Side-swipe collisions can happen for a variety of reasons. One driver may be distracted, under the influence or fatigued. A driver may not see a car in his blind spot and veer into another lane. Other side-swipe accidents can occur when a driver overreacts to a hazard in the road and by taking action to avoid one collision, causes a more serious accident with another vehicle. A car that is hit by another car may wind up in a ditch, or hitting and damaging another vehicle, or crashing into a tree or utility pole.

Due to the nature of these types of accidents, it can be challenging to determine who is at-fault for a side-swipe collision. Certain circumstances affect a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle. A driver’s vision may be impaired during dawn, dusk and at night, making it difficult to discern another car. Inclement weather conditions such as snow, ice and rain, may make compromise a driver’s vision. A poorly designed road, or construction and road work, may create unsafe conditions. If you combine this with distracted driving such as texting, talking on the phone, changing radio stations or being impaired by alcohol or drugs, you have a recipe for disaster. An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney will understand the physics of the accident and will be able to put forth arguments to the court that address any contrary arguments from opposing attorneys.

Regardless of the circumstances in a side-swipe accident, if you or a family member has been seriously injured, you will need the legal guidance of a skilled attorney with experience in handling these types of claims. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY, has over forty-five years of experience in handling all types of personal injury claims and our personal injury lawyers are second to none. Contact us to make sure that you are represented by the finest legal minds around. Call us at 877-504-5562 or email [email protected].

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