You do not hear much about sideswipe car accidents; however, these types of accidents are common near colleges where roads may be more narrow due to students parking along the side of the roads. Another common cause of sideswipe accidents is when one car is attempting to merge onto a highway or another lane and collides with a car already in that lane. Even though a driver may signal his intent to merge into a lane, he has the duty to ensure the lane is clear of traffic before merging.
Many people do not associate sideswipe accidents with traumatic injuries; however, any car crash can result in severe and permanent injuries.
Injuries In A Sideswipe Accident
A sideswipe accident can occur at both low speeds and high speeds. Unfortunately, the passenger in the car being hit is in a great deal of danger because there is very little protection between the passenger and the car coming toward him. Even with side airbags, the passenger is extremely close to the impact, unlike a rear-end collision or corner collision that places more of the vehicle between the person and the impact point.
Injuries that are common in sideswipe accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal bleeding and internal injuries
If you are injured in a sideswipe accident, it is always best to be checked by a physician as soon as possible after the accident. Some injuries, such as closed head injuries, may not be immediately apparent after the accident. It is always best to be checked by a medical professional to ensure your injuries receive prompt treatment. Delaying treatment can harm your health, and the delay can harm our accident claim.
Damages In A Sideswipe Accident
Damages in a sideswipe accident are like damages in other types of car accidents. The property damage and the personal injury damages can be substantial in a sideswipe accident, depending on the circumstances and injuries.
Common damages an accident victim may receive compensation for in a sideswipe accident include:
- Property damage, including personal property inside the vehicle damaged in the accident;
- Lost wages, including future lost wages and a loss of earning capacity;
- Medical bills and expenses, including future medical bills and long-term medical care;
- Other out-of-pocket expenses, including travel expenses, personal care, and medical equipment;
- Permanent disabilities, scarring, and disfigurement; and,
- Funeral expenses, in the event of a wrongful death.
The compensation you may be entitled to receive depends on several factors. Our Edinburg car accident attorneys discuss compensation during your free consultation.
Do You Need An Edinboro Car Accident Attorney?
Yes, if you are injured in a car accident, you need an Edinboro car accident attorney to protect you during the claim process. Contact The Travis Law Firm by telephone at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
You have limited time to file your accident claim. Do not let the insurance adjuster convince you that you do not need to contact an attorney. The adjuster represents the insurance company – he does not represent you. Call our office to speak with an attorney who has your best interest as his top priority.