Sideswipe Car Accidents
Severe injuries can occur when two vehicles, two cars, a truck and a car, two vehicles of any kind, sideswipe each other. Sideswipes are defined when one vehicle and another come together at their sides. Passengers and drivers are vulnerable to severe injuries in sideswipe crashes. It’s very important to hire experienced lawyers to help you in the event of a sideswipe accident. There are many legal and factual traps for the unwary who have been involved a car accident.
The frequency of a sideswipe car accident is stunning. About 242,000 sideswipe accidents occur each year according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). On an annual basis, more than 27,000 individuals are hurt each year because of a sideswipe car accident. As many as 2,500 individuals are killed each year in sideswipe crashes.
Sideswipe crashes occur many times because of driver neglect. Sideswipes can occur when vehicles in traffic merge, when a driver disobeys a stop or traffic light or when a driver is distracted by a mobile device or location device or in the case of intoxication.
If you or someone you know is injured in a sideswipe car crash, call the Chicago attorneys that have more than 40 years of experience. Kreisman Law Offices has been handling car accidents for Chicago area families since 1976. You need experienced attorneys to turn to in time of need.
Although sideswipe accidents are common, they can cause very serious injuries including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and death.
Some sideswipe accidents occur when the direction of travel narrows from 2-3 lanes or 2-1 lane. Sometimes sideswipe accidents occur when another vehicle, like a bus, merges into a lane of traffic and where the vehicle merges into your lane of traffic. In another setting, on a winding or curved road, sideswipe car accidents occur because a driver does not recognize the approaching curve in the roadway. Some of these sideswipe collisions occur because drivers are speeding or disobey changes in the speed limit or ignore signs of upcoming road construction where lanes are merged.
Sideswipes can begin as a glancing blow, but cars or trucks can lose control of their vehicles colliding with other vehicles. These crashes occur on Illinois highways as well as on Chicago’s many neighborhood streets. They happen with cars, commercial trucks, motorcycles and even bicycles.
It is common that a driver will overreact to sudden weather condition changes, hazards on the road, an animal suddenly darting out onto the highway or road or another vehicle’s abrupt, without warning or signal lane change.
The negligence of one driver may trigger the sideswipe of another car, truck or motorcycle creating multiple dangers to other passing or following vehicles. Sometimes sideswipe accidents are referred to as blind spot accidents because a driver does not first recognize or see a car or truck from the opposite side as the driver decides to change lanes. The start of sideswipe accident may first be slight, but then possibly expand where many cars and trucks become entangled in the multiple collisions. Drivers and passengers can be serious injured or killed in these crashes that were first caused by the negligence or inadvertence of another driver.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a sideswipe crash, contact Kreisman Law Offices at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online. We are here to assist you and your family so that responsible parties are held accountable for the injuries or death to passengers of cars or trucks involved in sideswipe car accidents. Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has more than 40 years of experience successfully handling to completion by way of jury trials or settlement car accident cases of all varieties. He has been rated the highest peer review level for more than 25 consecutive years. Call him for an immediate and free consultation. The investigation of your case should be accomplished as soon as possible after the incident and headed by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in the Chicago area and repeatedly named a Super Lawyer for his skills by his lawyer peers and clients.