Sideswipe Car Accidents in Virginia
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a sideswipe accident is defined as a collision in which the sides of both vehicles sustain damage. This type of car accident, however, can result in one or both drivers losing complete control of their vehicles, as well as serious injuries and even death.
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Causes of Sideswipe Collisions
The majority of sideswipe crashes occur when two vehicles, traveling parallel to each other in either the same or opposite direction, strike the side-portion of each other’s vehicle. Additionally, this type of accident can happen at intersections or in any other turn-related situation.
Sideswipe collisions are typically associated with an intentional or unintentional lane departure. Sideswipes caused by intentional lane departure commonly occur when a driver, while trying to change lanes, fails to notice the presence of another vehicle. While common causes include blind spots, sun glares, or inclement weather, there are other cases in which intentional lane departure involves reckless driving and deliberate, aggressive actions by the motorist.
Sideswipe collisions caused by unintentional lane departure often happen due to distracted driving, driver fatigue, or alcohol or drug impairment. Also, corrective attempts taken to avoid roadway obstructions or imminent collision commonly lead to sideswipe crashes.
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If you were injured or experienced the wrongful death of a loved one that was killed in a sideswipe accident in Virginia, our Richmond car accident lawyers are ready to fight for you. We can investigate the accident and gather crucial evidence necessary to build an effective and personalized legal strategy for you and your case.