Lane change and sideswipe
car accidents seem relatively minor as compared to head on or rear end collisions, but
such should not indicate to motorists that injuries cannot or will not
be severe when a sideswipe collision occurs.
Experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys have seen these types of accidents throughout years of legal practice
and they happen as a result of countless preventable errors. Whether the
sideswipe was caused by an improper or illegal lane change, driver inattention,
texting while driving, talking on cell phones, alcohol and or drug intoxication,
“buzzed” driving, drowsy driving, or falling asleep at the
wheel, injuries can be severe.
First and foremost, any time two or more vehicles collide and even when
the collision is only a glancing blow, the vehicle occupants will be tossed
side to side. Such sudden and violent events to the human body will cause
the brain to rapidly move side to side as well, crashing into the interior
skull. As a result, the brain can swell and bleed, causing temporary and
traumatic brain injury. Concussion and brain injury victims can and have experienced vision loss,
hearing loss, memory loss, speech loss, cognitive loss, and even losses
to motor functioning such as the ability to walk, speak, and or use the
hands and arms.
The initial sideswipe may not be the end of the
vehicle accident. This is because sideswipe accidents cause a temporary loss of vehicle
control. The impacted driver may not be able to recover vehicle control.
The result is that the victim runs off the road, collides with another
vehicle, or collides with objects alongside the road.
These second collisions may lead to even greater injury and even death.
The victim may be left on the side of a road, not to be discovered for
hours or even days in the most extreme circumstances.
All of the above is said to impress upon the reader’s mind how serious
sideswipe accidents can be. Victims should know that their injuries can
be compensated if the offending motorist negligently caused the injuries.
How can you prevent these types of accidents? The best way to prevent a
sideswipe accident is to drive prudently and reasonably given the road
conditions. Slow down when needed and see what there is to be seen. Additionally,
driving defensively is always a best practice. All motorists should consider
taking a defensive driving course. These courses teach motorists how to
maintain a “buffer” zone between their car and other vehicles.
They also teach drivers how to properly align side view and rear view
mirrors so that blind spots are eliminated. This simple approach can easily
eliminate many sideswipe accidents that were attributable to blind spots.
Learn about many of the other causes of car accidents and the types of
injuries they cause in
our article available here. Read about damages in rear-end car accidents and the injuries they cause
in our blog post available here. Learn how side impacts can be very dangerous and what injuries they can cause in
our blog post available here. Find out the dangerous of head-on collisions and the injuries they can cause
in our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.