Sideswipe accidents are often traumatic and can leave victims in the hospital and out of work. Whether you were sideswiped in a parking lot or on the highway, you could be facing extensive medical bills and a lengthy recovery period after the accident. Sideswipe accident can happen with two cars going the same direction, or the opposite direction. Sideswipe accidents can happen for a variety of potential reasons. Many of those reasons are ultimately attributed to operator error, as most of these crashes are 100 percent preventable. Depending upon the severity of your car accident, you could be facing medical bills, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Same Direction Sideswipe Accidents
Sideswipe accidents most commonly occur in cars or automobiles that are traveling in the same direction. For whatever reason, one car leaves his or her lane and enters the lane of another automobile. It’s possible that a car with an inattentive driver will begin to gradually drift into another lane. If you’re lucky, you notice before he hits you, give a warning honk and the driver moves back to his designated lane. If you’re not lucky, you get sideswiped. Depending upon how fast your cars are traveling at the time of the collision, you could be suffering from relatively minor injuries or catastrophic and life-threatening injuries.
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Opposite Direction Sideswipe Accidents
In some cases, sideswipe accidents happen with two cars that are traveling in the opposite directions. These are also common with drivers who are not paying attention. This type of wreck can happen on a two-lane highway. There is little room for error on roadways with cars traveling at high speeds in both directions. All it takes is one moment of inattention for a driver to drift into oncoming traffic. In really severe cases, head on collisions occur. If the drifting was gradual or the driver catches himself or herself in time, they might only sideswipe you.
Injuries Associated With Sideswipe Accidents
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Cuts and lacerations
- Limb loss
- Nerve damage
- Broken hip
- Knee injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Facial injuries
Sideswipe Accidents Involving Semi Trucks
Some of the more dangerous and damaging sideswipe accidents involve semi trucks. Just about any crash involving a tractor trailer and a smaller passenger occupant vehicle can be devastating for victims. Because these trucks are so much larger and heavier than more traditional cars, they can do an incredible amount of damage in accidents. Couple that with the fact that you’re at a much lower height than the truck driver. A sideswipe accident may not do much to the occupant or occupants in a commercial truck, because they are up so high, but you’re down at semi-truck wheel level.
Potential Sideswipe Accident Causes
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of over-the-counter or prescription drugs
- Aggressive driving
- Texting behind the wheel
- Operating a GPS program behind the wheel
- Checking email
- Changing radio stations
- Speeding or driving too fast for roadway conditions
Distracted Drivers in Sideswipe Accidents
Distracted drivers are always at risk for sideswipe accidents. These drivers aren’t devoting their attention to the task of driving. Texting while driving is the perfect storm for creating a sideswipe accident. If you’re texting while you’re driving, you’re not watching the road. If you’re not watching the road, you’re not focusing on staying in your lane. Texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors are a big contributor to sideswipe accidents in Mississippi and across the country.
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Damages Associated With Sideswipe Accidents
Damages associated with sideswipe accidents will certainly depend upon the severity of the crash and the injuries sustained. Did the crash happen at high speeds? Was there a semi truck involved? There are so many different factors that will have an impact on what kind of injuries you suffered in the crash. You could be facing medical bills, property damage and lost wages. Maybe, a family member is out of work and taking care of you. No matter what the case is, you need to be compensated for your injuries.
What to do After a Sideswipe Accident in Jackson
After any kind of car accident caused by somebody else’s negligent, dangerous or careless behavior, it’s absolutely essential to speak with a personal injury attorney. If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in a sideswipe accident in or around the Jackson Metro area, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766.