Kingston Sideswipe Collision Lawyers
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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. Sideswipe collisions 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 Kingston sideswipe collision attorneys at Basch & Keegan LLP 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 sideswipe collisions is when a driver attempts a left turn from the right lane, or a right turn from the left lane — disregarding 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.
Who Is At Fault in a Side-Swipe Collision?
Every vehicle has a duty to remain in its lane and not leave unless it is entirely safe to merge. The vehicle that leaves its lane of travel and makes driving conditions unsafe can be held liable for causing the accident.
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 collide with a reckless or ignorant driver attempting to pass on the right shoulder.
Typically, a word of mouth account from drivers and witnesses will be more than enough to determine liability. It is not always as simple, however, to determine who is at fault. If the accounts contradict one another, more evidence may be needed. In some cases, the type of damage and the location of where the vehicles are can be clues to who is responsible.
Determining Fault While Merging
Merging takes place when a lane is about to end and the driver entering the lane will need to continue moving forward with the existing traffic. In most cases, the driver who is merging is at fault because the other party has the right of way. The merging driver is responsible for yielding to the traffic that is already moving forward. The vehicle that is not merging can also, however, carry some fault if they could have done something to avoid the accident.
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 that 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.
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If you have been the victim of a sideswipe collision or other car accident in the Hudson Valley, trust the attorneys at Basch & Keegan LLP to help you get the compensation you need to recover from the accident to the fullest extent possible.
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Basch & Keegan LLP is a nationally recognized trial practice that’s been trusted by clients and colleagues across Upstate New York since 1987. Our Kingston personal injury lawyers have over 100 years of collective experience and have fought for over 10,000 victims during our time in practice.
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We serve as the support system you can rely on as you begin your recovery. From explaining your rights, options, and what to expect with the personal injury claim process to working your case on contingency and connecting you with medical professionals who work on liens, we go the extra mile to ensure you can focus on getting better while we work on the legal aspects of your claim.
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