The sideswipe car accident is one of the most frequent type of car accidents we hear about.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that there is about 250,000 sideswipe accidents per year in the United States, and almost 2500 of those result in a fatality.
Just think about that, almost 2500 people are killed every year from a sideswipe crash, very sad.
It happens very quickly when a driver makes a lane change (unintentionally) and basically crashes into the vehicle next to them (could be on a freeway or side street, etc.).
In general, these car accidents are usually disputed and misunderstood by the drivers involved, but attorney Daniel Kim is not confused.
It is so common for the drivers involved to argue about who was at fault, and then of course the other insurance company is going to try and deny liability also, but don’t fall for all these tricks and games.
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Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
Once you are involved in a sideswipe accident that includes injuries, you’ll quickly realize how unfair the system can be and that the other insurance company isn’t really worried about you at all.
Getting hit by another car on the side of your vehicle can lead to devastating injuries and a long road to recovery.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have years of experience dealing with sideswipe accidents, and we can represent the victim regardless if you are the driver or if you were a passenger.
The insurance companies always love to settle claims quickly by offering the injured party ridiculously low settlement in hopes of speeding up the claim.
Daniel Kim is a very aggressive injury lawyer who won’t be intimidated by the insurance companies.
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What To Do After Sideswipe Accident
After being involved in any accident it’s important to make wise decisions.
Even in some Uber accidents you may not even know who or what caused the accident especially if you are traveling in the back of the vehicle.
If an accident does unfortunately occur, you need to remember some basic steps.
This is just a short list of what to do immediately after being involved with a sideswipe car accident –
- Stay as calm as possible and gather your senses
- Check yourself for injuries and then the others
- Get out of harm’s way if possible
- Call 911 which will get the police to file a report
- If you feel injured then wait for help
- If you feel OK than start the information gathering process
- Get pictures of the scene, take a lot from all view points
- Get info on drivers, vehicles witnesses, licenses etc.
- Get to the hospital or urgent care to check for injuries
- Contact Daniel Kim Law Offices for Free consultation
Causes of Sideswipe Accidents
A sideswipe motor vehicle accident happens when 2 moving vehicles get too close, and one vehicle makes contact with the side of the other car or truck.
Unfortunately, this situation can happen when the vehicles are moving in the same or opposite direction, but either way serious damage and injuries can take place.
Below are reasons why a sideswipe accident occurs –
- Improper turns
- Drifting into an adjacent lane
- Failing to yield when lanes merge
- Reckless or inattentive lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Bad weather
- Poor road conditions
Who Is At Fault For a Sideswipe Accident
To determine liability, you must be able to prove fault.
There are many ways it can occur, and the reality is that however the crash occurred will play a huge role in determining who is at fault.
Normally the driver of the vehicle that side swipes another vehicle as it passes will be put at fault.
If this is the case then they are 100% liable and placed at fault.
All of this stuff gets confusing when there is a question as to how the accident happened, etc., so call Daniel Kim today for a consultation.
Common Injuries From Sideswipe Accident
Similar to other car accidents, not all sideswipe accidents cause serious injuries, but the reality is that many of these incidents do result in a bad ending for those involved.
There are many factors that can alter the outcome, things like what types of vehicles, were you wearing a seatbelt, did airbags deploy, etc.
Sideswipe accidents can cause a variety of injuries, but some common injuries are head and upper thorax caused by the side-impact involving another vehicle.
Below is a list of other common injuries we see –
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord
Dealing With The Insurance Companies
After a car accident the first thing you need to do is get medical treatment, and if that means taking an ambulance to the hospital then do it.
Don’t wait to get medical care since that decision could hurt your injury case later on, and your injuries might get worse if you wait to see a doctor.
If you were hit by an uninsured driver, or if you were hit by an Uber Eats or DoorDash driver while there were on duty, then call us today.
Even if you are not at fault in the sideswipe crash, you still want to contact your insurance company because there are certain coverages that you might need to use – like the tow services, etc.
Ideally you will want to hire Daniel Kim as your lawyer before you call your insurance company, because this will help make sure you don’t say or do the wrong thing.
You have to remember that insurance companies are not always excited to pay out money on injury claims, so be very careful.
Insurance companies have a process they use to determine who is at fault for car accidents and you can learn more here.
Call Daniel Kim today and get answers.
Sideswipe Car Accident Statistics
As we mentioned above, The IIHS says that about 250,000 sideswipe accidents occur each year which results in about 2500 fatalities, and around 27,000 reported injuries.
According to this study about 34% of drivers who crashed because they drifted lanes were either sleeping or otherwise incapacitated (both not ideal while driving).
In addition, 13% of these drivers had a non-incapacitating medical issue, or some other physical factor that may not allow them to regain full control of their vehicle.
When these crashes involved a serious injury or fatality, 42% of the drivers who drifted were found to be sleeping or otherwise incapacitated, while an additional 14% were impacted by a non-incapacitating medical issue, blood alcohol content of .08%, or another physical factor.
The reality is that drivers will always drift or swerve into the lanes next to them, and we can only hope that self-driving cars of the future will help eliminate these dangers.
But until then, our suggestion is that all drivers be extra aware of who is driving next to them and be prepared for any crazy maneuver a vehicle might make next to you.