There is a common assumption that because sideswipe accidents are not as inherently dangerous as head-on collisions or rear-end collisions they do not pose a serious threat to people involved.
However, while sideswipe accidents lack the impact force of other types of vehicle accidents, they have their own unique issues that can make them quite dangerous as well.
Here’s a quick overview of what you should know.
Confronting the dangers of sideswipe accidents
Sideswipe accidents usually occur when vehicles are driving next to each other on a multi-lane road, and one attempts to move into the other’s lane. This may be a result of driver distraction, or simple failure to look before changing lanes. Sideswipe accidents may also occur between a vehicle and an object, such as a parked car or a barrier on the side of a highway.
The initial sideswipe contact usually will not be as serious as other kinds of vehicle accidents. What often is serious, however, is the aftermath of this collision.
Drivers in sideswipe accidents tend to overcorrect. The contact with another vehicle or object startles them into abruptly turning the wheel or swerving the opposite way, this is then more likely to cause a serious accident like a roll-over or other type of collision.
Depending on how the contact occurs, the physics could result in a person losing control over their vehicle, which also makes for an extremely dangerous situation on the road and could cause another accident with another vehicle or object.
If you or a loved one have been injured in any type of vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, it is important to take prompt legal action to maximize your chances of recovering compensation. To start your case, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.