Sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of two vehicles make contact and “swipe” alongside each other. This can occur in a variety of situations and the vehicles may or may not be traveling in the same direction. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety cites data purporting that individuals are four times more likely to be involved in a sideswipe collision with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. This may surprise individuals who think these collisions are more likely to be caused by merging onto roads and highways or changing lanes.
Our vehicles are made to handle all types of accidents, but certain accidents are prioritized by auto manufacturers because of their frequency and probability of serious injury. Head-on collisions represent the most dangerous type of accident and rear-end collisions the most common type of accident. As a result, auto makers have prioritized safety measures for the front and rear sections of cars, affording drivers the maximum amount of protection against those collisions. This is why our vehicles have bumpers to absorb some of the force produced by these impacts.
Sideswipe collisions are less common and because of the inherent design of automobiles, it is not possible to have bumpers to help protect occupants from side impacts. This leaves drivers susceptible to serious injuries during side impact collisions like sideswipes and “T-Bone” crashes. Auto makers have come up with creative solutions like reinforced side walls and side airbags to help counter this problem, but the danger is still present and serious.
Very serious neck, back and brain injuries result from side impact crashes and this can even occur at low speeds. The human body was not made to handle the type of acute sideways force produced by these accidents, and it is important to ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries if you have been involved in one of these accidents. Medical bills are expensive and you could have injuries that will continue to get worse and may currently be unnoticed. It is very important that you take the proper steps immediately following a car accident. Make sure you report the accident to the police and secure contact information from the other driver and any witnesses on the scene.
It is difficult to determine and prove liability in a side-impact crash, and gathering and preserving evidence is the main key to success. Even if you do not think you sustained injury, make sure that you see a doctor following the accident to ensure you do not have any injuries that have gone unnoticed. Sacramento auto accident lawyer at The Choyce Law Firm is an expert in securing settlements for car crash victims across the state of California as a whole. Please give us a call for a free consultation today.
If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact experienced Sacramento auto accident lawyer at The Choyce Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our Sacramento auto accident lawyer regarding your auto accident injury case.
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