“Side swipe” or lane change accidents are more common than you think and can be extremely dangerous that could lead to the loss of vehicle control or other potentially tragic result including severe physical injuries and even death. If you’ve been involved in a sideswipe collision, contact an auto accident lawyer in Sacramento immediately.
Most often sideswipe collisions occur when two vehicles are driving next to one another and one vehicle starts moving into the other vehicle’s lane. This can occur because the driver was distracted by something or did not look before attempting to change lanes. Keep in mind, sideswipe collisions can involve other vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, commercial trucks or even inanimate objects such as barriers or parked vehicles. Drivers have a duty under traffic law to ensure they make a safe lane change prior to pulling out of their lane. If they fail to do so, they can be liable for negligence.
Worse, many sideswipe accidents happen when a driver overreacts to a road hazard or an impending collision with another vehicle. By taking action to avoid a rear-end collision with one car, the driver may actually cause a sideswipe collision. This negligent act could send the victim’s vehicle off the road into a stationary object causing severe injuries. Some common injuries from sideswipe accidents include neck and lower back injuries which is a result of significant jolting or jerking motion.
Sideswipe collisions are often referred to as “blind spot” accidents which cause more vehicle damage than direct injuries. Because of that, many insurance companies may dispute certain injury claims. If you are involved in one of these accidents, know there is a “presumption of negligence” on the part of the car that was changing lanes but bear in mind that insurance companies will fight hard to ensure their priorities are met first so contact an auto accident lawyer in Sacramento who can help with your case specifically.
Generally, insurance companies for the drivers will claim that these types of accidents will result in minimal damages because the cars traveled at the same speed and therefore, the impact forces are low. If you are injured, the injuries may not show up right away so hiring a Sacramento car accident attorney will help.
Contact our auto accident lawyer in Sacramento to discuss your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. You can reach us by phone at (916) 357-6767 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.