Common Causes of Side Impact Collisions

Motor vehicle accidents come in many forms. For example, there are rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, roll-overs, and more. One common type of car accident in Georgia is the side impact collision, when part of one car collides with the side of another car. Unfortunately, this type of accident often causes serious injuries to victims, which may require costly medical treatment and extensive recovery time. If a driver causes a side impact collision because he or she acted negligently or recklessly, that driver should be held responsible for their actions and should have to compensate any victims for their injuries and losses. An experienced auto accident lawyer in Fayette County knows how to help victims of side impact collisions and help them get fully reimbursed.

There are two main types of side impact collisions. Broadside collisions, also known as right angle collisions or T-bones, occur when the front of one car runs into the side of another car. Broadside accidents commonly occur because two vehicles entered an intersection at the same time while driving in perpendicular directions. Usually, one of the drivers ran a traffic signal or failed to properly yield to the other vehicle.

Sideswipe accidents happen when the side of one car makes contact with the side of a second car. The two cars are usually driving in the same direction at the time of the accident. Common causes of sideswipes include:

  • Fatigued, impaired, or distracted drivers drift or swerve into another lane
  • Failing to properly yield when turning
  • Improper merging
  • Changing lanes without looking first, or problems with blind spots

All types of side impact crashes can cause serious injury, as a door does not provide as much protection as bumpers and crumple zones in the rear and front of vehicles.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have suffered injury in a sideswipe, a broadside, or other type of side impact accident, the experienced auto accident attorneys at Shane Smith Law will work to get you the settlement you deserve. Call our office today at (980) 246-2656 to schedule your free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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