Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe accidents occur when two cars collide with each other side-by-side.  Usually this occurs when one drover switches lanes and ends up sideswiping the car next to him/her.  Even though sideswipe accidents can be relatively minor, they can cause the innocent driver to lose control and sustain serious bodily injury.

As with any car collision, a sideswipe accident can cause significant damage to the vehicles involved in the accident. In addition, drivers and passengers can sustain serious injuries, especially if the vehicles ran off the road or into a median.  One of the dangers of sideswipe accidents is that when the cars collide, they usually collide in places that are not protected by airbags, therefore leaving passengers more vulnerable to injury.  The most common types of injuries sustained in sideswipe car crashes are head, neck and back injuries, scrapes and cuts on the face, arms and legs, and broken bones. Even when airbags are available, the impact from the airbag has been known to cause serious injuries, burns, lacerations, and even death.

Sideswipe Accidents: Just the Facts

Of all the reported collisions in the United States, according to a study that was done by FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) and GES (General Estimates System), 497,000 (8.6%) were sideswipe crashes.  Of those, approximately 67,000 resulted in injury.

One of the main causes of sideswipe collisions is an inattentive or distracted driver. This may occur because the at-fault driver was looking at his phone, talking, drinking, or simply not even looking over his shoulder. Basically, the distracted driver is not giving his undivided attention to driving.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a sideswipe accident, it is important to contact a Denver area Car Accident Attorney as soon as possible. If the accident was caused by another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and any damages that have occurred.

For more information about our commitment to client service in serious car accident cases, contact a top Denver personal injury attorney at Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, P.C., by calling 303-400-8100. Home, evening, telephone, and weekend visits are available. Your initial case evaluation is free and there are no fees at all until we recover for you.

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