In Los Angeles, there are thousands of car accidents reported every year throughout the city. While these accidents are caused by a variety of different things and happen in numerous different ways, they all have something in common – negligence. What’s more, many accidents will result in serious injuries, leaving victims with questions about who pays.
At the office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles sideswipe accident attorneys are particularly familiar with this accident type; it’s one of the most common car accident collision cases we see. If you’ve been in a sideswipe accident in our city, our lawyers can help you to take steps to recover compensation for any harm you’ve suffered.
What Is a Sideswipe Accident?
A sideswipe accident, also called a side-impact or broadside collision, refers to a car accident where the sides of two different vehicles collide. A sideswipe accident may also refer to an incident where the side of one car swipes/collides with a stationary object, but this is less common. Typically, sideswipe accidents happen when two vehicles are traveling side-by-side, and the driver of one vehicle either purposefully changes lanes, not seeing the other vehicle, or accidentally drifts into the other vehicle’s lane as a result of distraction.
How Do Sideswipe Accidents Happen?
Sideswipe accidents, like most accident types, are preventable and occur as a result of a driver’s negligence. Acts of negligence that can cause a sideswipe accident include:
- Distracted driving;
- Texting or using a cellphone;
- Driver impairment or intoxication;
- Failure to look;
- Driving in another’s blind spot (this is especially common in accidents involving large trucks); and
- Overreacting to/over-correcting in response to another road hazard, such as another vehicle transition into one’s lane or an object in the road.
Who’s to Blame in a Sideswipe Collision?
Sideswipe accidents can be scary, traumatic, and catch both drivers involved off guard. What’s more, they can result in significant amounts of property damage, as well as serious injuries. When a sideswipe collision occurs, getting to the bottom of how the accident occurred and who’s to blame is important.
In order to determine fault in a sideswipe collision accident, an investigation must be opened. This investigation will include talking to eyewitnesses, reviewing police reports, talking to both drivers, reviewing physical evidence, and even hiring accident reconstruction experts. California law holds that at-fault drivers are responsible for paying for damages that result from a collision; if you can prove that your injuries would not have been incurred but for the negligent driver’s actions, you can recoup compensation for the full extent of your harm.
Call Our Los Angeles Sideswipe Accident Attorneys Today
For your free consultation with the Los Angeles sideswipe accident attorneys at the office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, please get in touch online or by phone today. We have helped numerous clients over the years recover millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts, and know how to navigate the car accident claims process with skill and adeptness.