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Side-Swipe Collisions


Personal Injury

The Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. represents the victims of motor vehicle accidents in which an injury or fatality occurred as a result of sideswipe collisions caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a ‘sideswipe collision’ as “a collision in which the sides of both vehicles sustain minimal engagements.”

The vast majority of side-swipe crashes take place as two vehicles that are travelling in a parallel manner, either in the same or opposite direction, strike the side-portions of one another’s vehicle. However, a sideswipe accident can also occur at an intersection, or in other turn-related scenarios. Sideswipe collisions are generally associated with an intentional or unintentional lane departure.

Sideswipes caused by intentional lane departure commonly occur when a motorist, while attempting to change lanes, fails to observe the presence of another motorist. In some cases, a motorist is unable to see the other vehicle due to a visibility issue, such as a blind spot, sun-glare, or heavy rainfall. Blind-spot related issues have been identified as a common contributing factor in many trucking collisions. In other cases, an intentional lane departure can involve aggressive or reckless, or even deliberate motorist actions that are criminal in nature.

Sideswipes caused by unintentional lane departure often occur due to factors such as distracted driving, driver fatigue, or alcohol impairment. In addition, corrective attempts taken in avoidance of a roadway obstruction, or imminent crash (i.e. head-on collision), commonly lead to sideswipe crashes. Although less frequent, sideswipes can also occur as a result of vehicle malfunction, or when a driver suffers some type of medical emergency.

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The immediate consequences of a sideswipe impact depend on several key factors:  principles of physics—force, angle, and location of impact; motorist action—under-correction, over-correction, panic steering, or other reactive maneuvering; and vehicle response—airbag deployment, tire-blow out, fire/explosion; or vehicle rollover.

An initial sideswipe can cause a motorist to veer off the road and collide head-on with another vehicle or stationary object. In fact, the initial harmful event, responsible for setting into motion a multiple-vehicle collision, is often a side-swipe collision. In some cases, sideswipe accidents involve victims of non-passenger vehicles, such as with motorcycle collisions. In the most devastating of scenarios, a bicyclist or pedestrian falls victim to the consequences extending from a side-swipe collision.

Sideswipe injury consequences include:

  • Broken, fractured, sprained bones, or other trauma to:
  • Lacerations, contusions, bruises, abrasions
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Death

If you were injured or a family member was killed in a sideswipe crash, whether due to an initial impact, events that occurred following the initial impact, or both, the experienced and aggressive injury team at the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. wants to help you obtain the compensation that you and your family deserve.