A sideswipe accident is a collision in which the sides of the vehicles hit one another. As in any auto accident, a sideswipe car crash can result in severe injury to the cars’ occupants.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) found that there are about 242,000 sideswipe crashes every year in the U.S, with Georgia drivers getting into more than 38,650 sideswipe accidents a year. Nationally, sideswipe accidents cause about 27,000 injuries and more than 2,500 fatalities annually.
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Sideswipe Accidents in Atlanta
When two vehicles moving alongside each other collide, the wreck is known as a “sideswipe accident” if at least one of the cars is struck along its side. Sideswipe accidents occur as a driver attempts a lane change or unintentionally drifts out of their lane. Over-steering or under-steering in a curve or making an improper turn can also cause a sideswipe accident.
Sideswipe accidents are typically described as “same direction” or “opposite direction” sideswipe collisions. The IIHS says that opposite-direction sideswipe accidents outnumber same-direction crashes by almost four to one.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says that from 2000 to 2006 (the latest stats available), there were 215,765 same-direction sideswipe crashes in the state. That’s an average of more than 30,800 per year. In that same period, there were 54,794 opposite-direction sideswipe crashes in Georgia, or an average of more than 7,800 a year.
Occupants of a car involved in a sideswipe accident might suffer any number of impact injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Head or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injury
- Back or spine injury
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Contusions (bruises).
Sideswipe accident victims might also die instantly or succumb to their crash injuries later.
How Sideswipe Accidents Occur
In extreme cases, the driver fails to correct in time to avoid a collision.” In many cases, the collision that follows is a sideswipe accident.
Usually, a car wreck is caused by the negligence or recklessness of one or more drivers involved in the crash. Under Georgia law, the party that caused a car accident – or their insurance company – must pay the costs and damages that arise from it. This includes medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and damages to the family for a wrongful death.
Insurance firms are in business to make a profit. Some may be reluctant to pay appropriate claims for severe injuries suffered in a sideswipe car accident. In such cases, an experienced car accident attorney such as one from Millar & Mixon, LLC can help with obtaining money you need and deserve. This may require negotiating with the insurance carrier or taking legal action, such as pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.