Side Swipes and Lane Changes

Intersection and rear-end collisions are two prevalent types of auto accidents. But there is one other situation to consider. And this is the mishap that happens during a lane change when a driver sideswipes another vehicle.

Often, significant damage to vehicles occurs as they collide. The occupants can experience powerful side to side jolts. Also, heads will sometimes slam into the passenger windows. Sometimes brains get damaged, and spinal cords can become twisted and blown out.

Discs can even burst. When this takes place, medical and legal help are key. They assist in healing and financial security as you recover.

Ehline Law Firm has received numerous awards and the respect of insurance companies and adjusters. Also, the firm has recovered multiple millions of dollars for the clients. Learn below about how we can help you with your vehicle sideswipe claims.

Vehicle sideswiped in a bad car crash.
Picture of a sideswiped passenger station wagon.


What are the Duties of Drivers?

Any traffic mishaps can result in serious personal injuries. And in a sideswipe collision, it is no different. Often it happens during an improper lane change. But due to the sudden impact of a sideswipe, side to side neck injuries are very common.

Obviously, avoiding the wreck altogether is the key. And drivers have a duty under traffic laws to ensure it is safe to make a lane change before pulling out of their lane. So if the driver sideswipes another vehicle, then they have failed this duty to make the lane change safely.

And this will bring up the presumption of negligence and liability. The silver lining here is that the plaintiff can argue a Vehicle Code violation. Therefore, liability is presumed as a matter of law.

Low Balling By the Adjuster.

But when a driver causes damage and injuries, the insurance carrier will attempt to minimize it. So typically, the adjuster will claim it was a low impact force. And this argument may get tactically used by the insurance company. And this is true even when there has been significant damages and injuries.

So what this does is lower the amount the insurer will pay the injured party. And almost always it is less than what the person deserves. So they will use the claimant's medical x-rays as a tactic to refuse a claim.

Basically, they may say the x-rays were negative in showing any harm. Or they could say there were no x-rays taken at all. Either way, they will usually try and blame another event and say the plaintiff is a "liar." You just can't win. Or can you?

What are the Motor Vehicle Sideswipe Statistics?

Extensive studies have been conducted on the subject. It appears that most sideswipes are due to unsafe lane changes. In closing, sideswipes are terrible accidents. They require medical evidence to prove a personal injury.

Sometimes x-rays are not enough. If hurt in a lane change or sideswipe accident, contact Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC (Ehline Law Firm).

After you call us, you can put our vast experience and aggressive personalities to work for you. Let a veteran run law firm with huge verdicts and success evaluate your case for free by phoning (213) 596-9642.

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