A side impact between two fast moving vehicles can cause serious injuries to the vehicle occupants, especially the occupants of a smaller vehicle, such as a sideswipe of a compact car by an SUV. Sideswipes usually occur because one driver was not paying attention and merged into a lane occupied by another vehicle. When sideswipes occur and cause significant damage or serious injury, the Hudson Valley injury attorneys at Basch & Keegan in Kingston and Albany step into action to hold negligent, reckless or distracted drivers responsible for the damage they have done and the harm they have caused.
Causes and Types of Sideswipe Accidents
Sideswipe car accidents can occur in almost any traffic environment, including parking lots, intersections and multi-lane roads. A frequent cause of a sideswipe is when a driver attempts a left turn from the right lane or a right turn from the left lane, heedless of the likelihood of another vehicle in the other lane. Failing to yield the right of way in a turn situation is another frequent cause of sideswipe collisions.
Sideswipe accidents are not always the fault of the turning or merging vehicle. For instance, a car making a right turn from the appropriate outside right-hand lane may impact a vehicle attempting to pass on the right shoulder out of recklessness or ignorance that the vehicle ahead is initiating a turn.
Broadside Collisions – A Particularly Dangerous Type of Side Impact Accident
Broadside collisions, also known as t-bone collisions, happen when the front or rear of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle, creating a T shape between the two vehicles. Depending upon factors such as the speeds of the vehicles, their size and weight, and safety features such as side-impact airbags, the force of a t-bone accident is likely to cause serious or catastrophic injury to the occupants of the vehicle which is broadsided. In a high-impact crash, the struck vehicle may roll over or spin out of control, striking other vehicles, pedestrians or stationary objects. T-boned cars are sometimes stuck together after an accident, with the parts of one vehicle folded around another.
Because of the way in which one vehicle crashes into another, side impacts are more likely than other types of car accidents to wind up involving multiple vehicles before the motions of the original vehicles come to rest. Victims of multi-car collisions face the potential for serious injuries because they are often impacted by vehicles after their airbags have already deployed, leaving them without that layer of crash protection.
Get Help with Your Injuries After a Sideswipe Collision
If you have been the victim of a sideswipe collision or other car accident in the Hudson Valley, trust the attorneys at Basch & Keegan to help you get the compensation you need to recover from the accident to the fullest extent possible. Call (845) 338-8884 in Kingston or (518) 288-5600 in Albany for a no-cost consultation on your claim.