Vegas Accident Lawyer Zachary D. Clayton Explains Your Options after a Sideswipe Collision
Sideswipe accidents are a common collision type in Nevada that can have serious consequences for motorists. These types of car accidents usually occur when a driver behaves carelessly or fails to follow the rules of the road — and they can lead to injuries or even fatalities.
If you or someone you love becomes involved in a sideswipe accident, pursuing a claim for compensation is important to protect your legal interests and ensure you have the money you need to cover losses. LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help.
Our Vegas injury attorneys provide aggressive representation for victims of sideswipe accidents. We understand why these types of crashes are so serious, and we can help you to prove the extent of your injuries as well as the cause of the accident that has occurred. Our goal is to stand by your side to help you get full and fair compensation, and we won’t stop fighting for you until your claim is resolved.
Causes of Sideswipe Accidents
A sideswipe accident happens when one vehicle hits the side of another. Unlike a t-bone accident, where the driver who hits the car’s side is going straight and crashes into the side like the way a “t” comes together, a sideswipe accident happens when one car hits another in a parallel direction. The cars “swipe” each other in what’s often described as a “glancing blow.”
Sideswipe accidents can happen when:
- A distracted driver, drunk driver, or fatigued driver fails to stay in his or her lane
- A driver seeking to avoid a road hazard over-corrects and swipes the side of another vehicle
- A driver makes an unsafe lane change and strikes the vehicle next to him
- A driver doesn’t see a car in his or her blind spot and begins moving over
- A driver makes too wide a turn when there are multiple turning lanes and swipes the side of the car next to him
In most of these situations, it is the careless or unsafe actions of a motorist that are the direct cause of a sideswipe crash occurring.
Who is Responsible for Sideswipe Accidents?
Generally, a driver who deviates from his lane can be held responsible for swiping the side of another car. Las Vegas motorists who make unsafe lane changes, who don’t check their blind spots, or who make wide turns can also be considered legally responsible for sideswipe accidents that they cause to happen.
In order for a motorist to be held responsible for a sideswipe accident, victims seeking compensation from the careless driver will need to prove that the driver was negligent and that his or her negligence was the direct cause of the sideswipe accident. Negligence can be proved by showing any reasonably competent driver would have exhibited more care and would thus have avoided the crash.
A motorist can also show negligence to prove accident responsibility by showing that a driver broke the rules of the road. Under these circumstances, the crash victim would need to show the violation of driver safety laws was the direct cause of the crash that occurred.
Sometimes, a motorist who causes a sideswipe accident is working for someone else at the time, such as when a truck driver doesn’t check his blindspots and sideswipes another vehicle. If a driver’s on duty and is negligent, his negligence is considered to be the equivalent of his employer being negligent. This means the employer could potentially be considered responsible for causing the accident in the eyes of the law.
What Our Clients Say
I suffered a devastating auto accident in Las Vegas due to someone else's fault. I was fortunate enough to call LV Personal Injury Lawyers who helped me in the most effective and client-friendly way possible.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers firm helps accident victims identify who caused their crash and who can be held legally liable. This is important because a person or company lawfully considered responsible for a collision in Nevada can be made to compensate accident victims or surviving family members of victims killed in sideswipe collisions.
Compensation for Sideswipe Accidents
Zachary D. Clayton, Esq. along with his knowledgeable team at LV Personal Injury Lawyers help accident victims to put together a strong case so they can prove someone else was to blame for an accident and obtain compensation from that person or company. We are here to help you get full and fair compensation through either a personal injury claim decided in court or through a settlement negotiated with the insurance company of the person who caused the crash to occur.
Our Vegas sideswipe accident attorneys help victims who were actually affected by the crash, as well as family members of anyone who has lost their lives in a sideswipe accident. Whether we’re pursuing a wrongful death case or a personal injury claim on your behalf, we help you get compensation for actual financial loss as well as for non-economic damages.
Actual financial losses can occur loss of wages due to injuries prevent you from working or reducing earning power, or loss of wages because a person has been killed and is no longer contributing his or her income to your family’s coffers.
Financial losses can also come from medical expenditures. Non-economic damages we can help you obtain compensation for include compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering for victims or remuneration for lost companionship for family members of people killed in sideswipe accidents.
Getting Help From a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer
Your sideswipe accident lawyer Zachary D. Clayton will work with you in the aftermath of your accident to understand what your legal rights are and to navigate the legal system effectively to maximize your compensation after a crash.
To find out more about the ways our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can advocate for you as you pursue a claim for sideswipe accident compensation, give us a call today.