Sideswipe accidents can be incredibly dangerous. The impact can send cars spinning out of control, colliding with other vehicles, objects or obstacles. If you’re injured in a sideswipe accident, an auto accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Here’s an overview of how sideswipe accident liability is determined.
How sideswipe accidents occur
Sideswipe accidents happen when two cars driving parallel to each other, in the same direction, hit each other. This often happens when one driver moves into another lane, whether they’re making a lane change without looking, didn’t check their blind spot or are simply too distracted to realize what’s happening. Sometimes sideswipe accidents occur when one driver speeds up to try to prevent another car from passing them. They can also happen when a driver must swerve to avoid obstacles, pedestrians, cyclists or other cars coming into their lane.
Who’s at fault?
Determining liability depends on whether either or both drivers acted negligently, such as driving while distracted or violating traffic laws. For instance, Florida Statute 316.085 states that driver shouldn’t try to pass other cars on the left, unless the left lane is clearly visible to them. There needs to be enough room for them to pass, without interfering with the flow of traffic. Furthermore, if a vehicle is passing by moving into an oncoming lane (for example, on a two-lane road), the driver must make sure that there’s enough room for them to pass the vehicle in front of them. Finally, drivers are required to use their turn signal when passing or changing lanes.
Identifying who is at fault can be complicated, especially if the accident involved multiple vehicles or was caused when a driver swerved to avoid a different kind of accident. A personal injury attorney can review your claim and help investigate who might be liable for your injuries, property damage and more.
When you’re involved in a sideswipe accident, contact a knowledgeable Bradenton, FL car accident attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.