- A sideswipe accident occurs when the sides of two vehicles collide. These accidents often occur due to unintentional lane drifts or when drivers change lanes.
- According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately 242,000 sideswipe crashes occur every year and result in 27,000 injuries and more than 2,500 fatalities annually in the U.S.
- An at-fault driver can be held responsible for costs and damages that occurred as a result of a crash, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or damages to the family for wrongful death.
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.
When someone else’s carelessness or recklessness is to blame for a sideswipe accident, that driver should be held responsible for the injuries and losses they have caused.
The lawyers at The Millar Law Firm stand up for people injured in Georgia car crashes to make sure those who have been harmed get the compensation they deserve.
Sideswipe Accidents in the State of Georgia
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. Misjudging a curve or a turn can also result in a side swipe collision.
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
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that “drifting” is a major contributor to sideswipe accidents. The NHTSA states that drifting might happen when a car moves at a slight angle to the lane and the driver fails to correct his or her course.
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 The Millar Law Firm 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.
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If you have been injured in a sideswipe car accident in Georgia, the experienced sideswipe lawyers at The Millar Law Firm can help you obtain money to assist with medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call us now at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case.