Sideswipe Automobile Collisions

When two vehicles moving alongside each other collide, the result is a sideswipe collision. A powerful side impact can result in serious injuries, especially if the vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed and/or one vehicle is significantly larger than the other. Below is additional information you might find helpful if you’ve been involved in a sideswipe collision.

Types of Car Accidents involving Sideswipe Collisions

Sideswipe collisions are car accidents in which the side of one or more vehicles is impacted. These crashes often occur at intersections, in parking lots, and on multilane roads when drivers make improper turns - such as a left turn from the right lane of traffic or vice-versa - or fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles. Sideswipe collisions can also occur when one vehicle is turning right from the appropriate outside lane and strikes a vehicle attempting to pass on the right shoulder.

T-bone Collisions

T-bone collisions occur when the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle, forming a “T.” These types of car accidents are also referred to as broadside collisions. With T-bone accidents, injuries are likely and often severe, depending on the following factors:

  • The part of the vehicle that is struck
  • The speeds of both vehicles
  • Vehicle safety features
  • Vehicle weight and construction

In T-bone collisions, both vehicles are often turned from their original directions of travel. If the crash is severe, the struck vehicle may spin or roll over, potentially causing it to strike other vehicles, objects, or pedestrians. After the accident, the vehicles involved may be stuck together due to the folding of their parts around each other.

Side impact car accidents are more likely to involve multiple individual collisions than other types of car accidents, and/or sudden speed changes before motion stops. This is significant because if one or both vehicles are equipped with airbags, the airbags will likely deploy with the first impact, which means that for subsequent collisions, the vehicle occupants won’t have the protection of the airbag.

Contact Us for Help after a Sideswipe Collision

If you’ve been involved in a sideswipe or T-bone car collision in Georgia, please contact the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC in Atlanta to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your accident. Our lawyers are here to explain your legal options and help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries and damages, and we don’t charge anything unless we resolve your case via settlement or verdict.

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