Car accidents can be incredibly disruptive to your life, as you can often experience costly personal injuries and property damage. The process of recovering from an accident can be lengthy, costly, and complicated. Being sideswiped is especially upsetting, as it is often an avoidable accident, and if it were not for the behavior of the other driver, you and your car would be just fine. Generally, the driver that struck the side of your vehicle should be liable for your losses. An attorney can help you seek the damages that you suffer as a result of another driver sideswiping you. Read on to learn about some of the causes of sideswipe crashes and how an attorney can help you seek your full damages.
Sideswipe crashes are often caused by:
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
Sideswipe Crashes Can Cause Serious Injury or Death in Some Circumstances
When you are sideswiped in an accident, the other driver involved may be liable. If you were driving in your own lane, and another driver swiped the side of your car, you are likely not to blame.
When sideswipe accidents do occur, injuries and even death are more common than you might think. When a car crash involves a side impact, any rear-seated occupants in the vehicle seat on the same side of the crash are more likely to be severely injured or killed in the accident. While the occupants seated on the side of the sideswipe crash are more likely to suffer severe injuries, all passengers in a sideswipe crash can experience substantial injuries from the accident.
If you have lost a loved one due to a sideswipe accident, you may be entitled to damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. When an individual is killed in an accident, their loved ones are able to bring a lawsuit on their behalf, in which the value of their lifetime of earnings to contribute to the family may be recovered, in addition to compensation for their lost companionship and emotional contributions to the family. Accidents can be tragic, and serious injury or loss of life is something for which you may be entitled to compensation.
Breaking Traffic Laws Often Makes the Other Party Liable
When you are in an accident, and the other party involved was breaking the law during the accident, the other party may be liable for your injuries. There are many instances in which another driver might be liable for the damage caused in an accident, such as speeding, drunk driving, or distracted driving.
When drivers get on the road in their vehicles, they have an obligation to maintain responsible driving practices and to exercise reason in their driving. When other drivers are not paying attention as a result of cell phone use or violating the law by speeding, they are not being responsible, and in such instances, they likely are liable for damages caused by any related accidents.
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