Having a sideswipe attorney on your side can make a big difference after a car accident, as they will be able to assess your claim and help you recover the damages you need. On the surface, sideswipe car accidents might appear minor, but after the first incident, they can lead to:
- Severe injuries
- Loss of a loved one
Sideswipe accidents happen between two cars moving in the same direction. One car leaves its lane or line of travel and makes contact with another car. While the initial contact is usually not as serious, what happens afterward can be detrimental. Either driver could swerve in an attempt to break contact and, in the process, hit other cars or objects.
Sideswipe victims have the same rights as other accident victims and should receive fair compensation. It can be challenging to assert liability in sideswipe car accidents, especially when resulting in a secondary accident.
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Which Steps Should a Sideswipe Car Attorney Take?
All sideswipe car accidents are unique in their ways. However, our sideswipe car accident lawyers follow a defined framework to handle your case effectively. Below are the steps our car accident attorneys might take:
Evidence is important for two reasons. Firstly, to prove fault. It could be anything from video surveillance to social media posts updated at the time of the accident. Such evidence will be key in proving the other party is at fault and securing your compensation.
The second reason is to demonstrate the damages that stem from the accident. Your lawyer will collect medical records and bills, and demonstrate how the accident affected you in the short and long term. Our sideswipe car accident lawyers will leave no stone unturned to help you secure the compensation you need.
Car accidents, like many other personal injuries, arise from negligence. You must demonstrate the other party’s negligence, since you can only get compensation if the other party failed to uphold their duty of care.
Your attorney could hire experts and investigators to determine if the other driver was distracted. Presently, many sources of distractions might cause a driver to lose concentration and leave their lane. Some of them include:
- Sending text messages or scrolling through social media
- Changing radio stations or music tracks
- Operating their vehicle’s navigation system
- Recording videos or taking photos
Distractions can also arise from internal factors like tiredness, being upset from road rage, and driving under the influence, among other factors.
Negotiating With the Insurance Company
Insurance companies often dismiss sideswipe car accident claims because they appear minor on the surface. Sideswipe car accidents can result in:
- Broken side-view mirrors
- Dented doors
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
Car accident lawyers with sideswipe accidents experience know about how some insurance adjusters undervalue or unfairly deny claims. We will gather all evidence and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Filing a Lawsuit
If out-of-court negotiations fail or your lawyer thinks taking your case to court would be more fruitful than pursuing a claim, your lawyer could file a lawsuit. We could take your case to court to help you get fair damages.
Most Sideswipe Car Accident Claims Are Settled Out of Court
Insurance companies prefer to settle car accident claims out of court, as evidenced by the American Bar Association’s assertion that most cases settle before they get to court. Sideswipe accidents are no different.
By settling out of court, the insurance company saves a lot of money in legal fees. You also save a lot of time and might get your compensation sooner than you would by going through the court system.
Sometimes you must take your case to trial to get the right amount of compensation for your injuries and loss. Some lawyers abandon sideswipe claims when they fail to settle out of court, but George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are ready to fight for you until the end.
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Can I Handle a Sideswipe Car Accident Claim By Myself?
You could handle the claim by yourself if no serious injuries or damages were sustained. However, you will need to be prepared to collect evidence and negotiate with the insurance company, avoiding any pitfalls that could hurt your claim.
Hiring a lawyer can take some stress off of you. They can use their resources and knowledge to your case’s benefit. If you’re worried about going to court, turn to a lawyer to handle settlement negotiations and avoid a lawsuit.
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Contact a Sideswipe Car Accident Attorney Today
Sideswipe car accident cases are complicated and confusing. This is compounded further when you are recovering from financial and physical strain.
Do not suffer alone. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers knows how to handle sideswipe car accident cases, and we will advocate for you throughout the claim process. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss the next steps.
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