Sideswipe. The term itself almost suggests that it’s a minor thing – just a quick swipe. However, sideswipe car accidents are dangerous and can lead to serious injuries for those involved. These crashes typically occur when two vehicles are next to each other on the road, and the sides of the cars come into contact with one another. Not uncommon, the Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that more than 775,000 sideswipe accidents occurred in 2015.
Common Causes of Sideswipe Accidents in Alaska
Sideswipe accidents can result from a variety of different driving conditions; however, they are most commonly caused by driver distraction or overreaction. Often, the driver has taken his eyes off the road and fails to notice the vehicle is drifting or the road has curved. Or the driver may encounter a hazard and swerve too much, striking the car alongside him. These accidents occur most frequently during:
- Lane changes
- Roads merging
- Entering/exiting the highway
- Turning out from parking lot or side street
- Inclement weather
The Dangers of a Sideswipe Accident
Sideswipe accidents cause more than 100,000 injuries and hundreds of deaths every year across the U.S. These crashes can be very dangerous and have lasting, painful consequences for victims and their families. The risks associated with sideswipe accidents come in two main forms:
- Loss of vehicle control. Often, the initial side impact is just the start of a more serious accident. Drivers react by trying to avoid the nearing car or the vehicle may be pushed out of the lane. They may strike a fixed object or even another vehicle on the road.
- Lack of vehicle protection. Many of the crash protections that today’s vehicles have to offer are concentrated on the most common areas—the front and rear of the car. Side impact protection has improved over the years, but drivers and passengers are still left more vulnerable.
An Experienced Accident Attorney Can Help With Your Recovery
Given the nature of these accidents, it can be difficult to prove fault in a sideswipe accident. If further damage is done to other people, vehicles, or property, the situation can easily become complicated. At The Law Office of Ben Crittenden, Anchorage-based attorney Ben Crittenden understands the physical, financial, and emotional stress that victims and their families feel. He is here to help you understand your rights and make sure your voice is heard. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a sideswipe accident, Ben can help you obtain all the compensation you deserve. Call his Anchorage office today or request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska.