Dangerous Sideswipe Collisions and Who Can Be Held Liable
What is a sideswipe collision and why is it so dangerous? These collisions take place when two vehicles are driving parallel with one another and swipe one another on the sides. This could cause a vehicle to literally be “pushed” from its lane, which means that a head-on or rear-end collision could take place as a result. The truth is, these accidents can lead to serious damages in the blink of an eye such as head and neck injuries, fractures, spinal injuries, organ damage, and even death in the worst cases.
These accidents can also cause many damages to your vehicle. They are commonly referred to as “blind spot” accidents due to the fact that they happen when somebody might not see another party. They can easily lead to dented driver or passenger side doors, scraped panels on the sides of vehicles, and mirrors being ripped from vehicles. In many cases, you might find that somebody was not paying attention to the roads at the time of an accident, which is what makes up a majority of these cases. However, there are also many other reasons such as speeding and losing control, drunk driving, and more.
How an Investigation Leads to Liability
In the event of a sideswipe collision, liability might not be so easy to determine. Perhaps you witnessed the other party drive over the line because they were texting and driving. However, they might be telling a different story and saying that you were the one who drove over the middle lane. There may be many factors that can help determine liability, including the following:
- What speeds the drivers were traveling at when the accident occurred
- Whether or not traffic laws were broken
- Witness information on what happened
- Evidence of negligence or recklessness
- Evidence of drunk driving
Can I Bring a Lawsuit?
If you have proven that a driver’s negligence caused them to lose control of their vehicle and strike the side of your car with force, leading to injuries, there is a good chance that you will be able to compensate for a variety of damages during this difficult time. You might be looking at a variety of monetary damages such as medical bills, property damages, lost wages from missed work, and emotional suffering. In some of these cases, especially those involving DUI or hit-and-run, you might find that criminal sentences might pave the way to liability in your case.
Because sideswipe collisions should be taken as seriously as any other type of accident case and can lead to serious injuries, you should always have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. You should choose an attorney who is knowledgeable in West Virginia injury laws who has handled many cases like yours in the past. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, our experienced personal injury attorneys are willing to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to move forward with your claim and gain confidence as you work toward monetary damages and more. If you have been injured in a West Virginia car accident, know that we are here for you. We are waiting to hear from you at 304-431-4050.