Not all car accidents are the same, some simply have more destructive potential than others. Among the most dangerous car accident types is the sideswipe.
A sideswipe accident occurs when the sides of two vehicles traveling in the same direction collide. Although the initial impact by itself may not cause much destruction, it often causes one or both of the drivers to lose control and either drive off the road or crash into other vehicles.
Thousands of people are injured in sideswipe collisions every single year. In fact, over 900 people died in sideswipe accidents in 2020 alone, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Victims that survive often face a long uphill battle back to normal. The physical injuries are only one part of the equation, they may also face medical debt, job loss, and mental trauma.
Although the situation is often dire, they may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate their case, provide them with options, and craft a personalized legal strategy around their unique interests.
What Causes Sideswipe Accidents?
Sideswipe crashes occur for many different reasons, but the most common causes are:
- A driver not seeing a car in his blind spot when switching lanes
- A distracted driver that is texting, eating, or applying makeup while driving
- Driving under the influence
- Road rage
- A car failing to yield when merging onto a highway
Drivers often try to regain control after the initial side-on-side collision by swinging the steering wheel. Unfortunately, they usually overcorrect and lose control of the vehicle entirely, causing a more significant second accident. It is difficult to deduce the exact cause of many sideswipe accidents. A personal injury lawyer experienced in car accident cases can help investigate the cause of the accident and hole the at-fault party accountable.
Contact a Kane County Car Accident Attorney
If you suffered serious injuries in a sideswipe accident that was caused by negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation. When it comes to sideswipe accident lawsuits, having an experienced car accident attorney by your side is critical. Attributing fault is often challenging and an extensive investigation may be required. Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. has years of experience vindicating the rights of car accident victims. Our experienced lawyers are proud to fight for everyday people and hold wrongdoers, no matter how powerful, accountable.
If you need a Kane County personal injury attorney, contact Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. today at 630-907-0909 to set up a free initial consultation.