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Determining Liability in Side Swipe Auto Accidents

White Plains, NY

Posted on: August 6, 2013

Determining Liability in Side Swipe Auto AccidentsAll auto accidents needed to be taken seriously since they can result in bodily harm and even death. No matter what happens during your auto accident, we feel that it's important that you speak with skilled personal injury attorneys as soon as you are able.

Our legal team would like to take a few moments right now to go over some of the basics regarding side swipe auto accidents and reveal why these should be taken so seriously.

About Side Swipe Accidents

A side swipe auto accident refers to cases in which the sides of two automobiles collide, resulting in serious damage to both vehicles and injury to the drivers and passengers. More than two vehicles can also be involved in side swipe accidents..

There are three kinds of side swipe accidents:

  • The side of a moving vehicle hits the side of a parked/stationary vehicle
  • The sides of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions hit each other
  • The sides of two vehicles traveling in the same direction hit each other

Some examples of the above include attempts to squeeze past a vehicle in a tight space, accidental collisions while changing lanes, or even just inattentive driving while traveling along a narrow, two-lane road.

Common Causes of Side Swipe Accidents

Our car accident attorneys often note the following common causes of side swipe car accidents:

  • Reckless driving
  • Inattentive driving
  • Failure to check blindspots
  • Poor judgment while changing lanes
  • Failure to signal
  • Attempting to overtake a vehicle on two-lane road

What Liability Means in These Cases

Liability means determining who was responsible for the accident occurring. This is simply another way of saying that you are assessing negligence. The negligent/at-fault party is responsible for paying damages.

Determining Who Was at Fault

In order to determine who was at fault, our personal injury lawyers will look into all of the evidence and witness accounts regarding your case. They will consult with accident recreation specialists to analyze the details in the police report and model the events of the accident.

Doing this will paint an accurate picture of the incident in order to discover who should be held accountable for any damage to property or injuries sustained. We may find that an outside party may have contributed to the accident occurring, in which case we will also seek damages against that party.

Fighting for You and Your Loved Ones with Diligence

Our legal team knows that serious injury and damage to vehicles are both common in an auto accident. We will work closely with you to ensure that you receive excellent legal help each step of the way.

Our attorneys will seek both compensatory damages and punitive damages for your injuries. Compensatory damages will cover the vehicle damage and medical bills while punitive damages will be used to punish the person responsible for the accident so that similar incidents do not happen again in the future. In the case of the accidental death of a loved one, funerary costs will be recovered as well as damages to address emotional pain and suffering.

Schedule a Legal Consultation with Our Team

For more information about all of your legal rights and entitlements, be sure to contact our personal injury lawyers in White Plains, New York today. Our legal team has the know-how to help you in your time of legal need. Do not hesitate to get skilled litigators on your side.

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