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Texas Side Swipe Accident Lawyer

A sideswipe accident occurs when the side panel of one vehicle collides with the side of another. The impact may push one vehicle into oncoming traffic or cause it to spin out of control. If you have been involved in a sideswipe collision, you know just how dangerous sideswipe accidents can be. 

Side-impact collisions can happen suddenly and leave injured parties coping with physical, emotional, and financial challenges. If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you could get financial damages for your losses. Fielding Law’s Texas personal injury lawyers can fight for your legal right to compensation. 

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Texas sideswipe car accident, contact our personal injury attorneys today. We offer all potential clients a free case evaluation, and we take cases on a contingency fee basis. Schedule an appointment today by calling 877-880-4090. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with you.

Common Causes of Texas Sideswipe Accidents

While a sideswipe accident may occur for many different reasons, negligence is a common factor. All drivers owe those sharing the road a basic duty of care; all should obey traffic laws and drive in a reasonably safe manner. 

Sideswipe car accidents often occur because drivers fail to live up to these responsibilities, whether the intention is to drive recklessly or not. Consider some of the following factors of sideswipe accidents.

Careless actions

There are various careless driving behaviors that could potentially result in sideswipe accidents. Examples include failing to use a turn signal to indicate a lane change and failing to check your blind spot before changing lanes. 

While newer cars have features such as side cameras and lane-drift assist warnings, a driver should not rely too heavily on this technology. A motorist should always use his or her blinker to inform drivers of the intent to switch lanes and ensure there are no vehicles in any blind spots before executing a lane change. 

Reckless actions

Common reckless driving behaviors that result in sideswipe accidents include:

A driver who is distracted by texting or talking on the phone may drift into an adjacent lane without realizing and sideswipe a vehicle. In addition, drivers who are overly exhausted or drunk may have their depth perception and judgment impaired, which can result in a collision with an adjacent vehicle. 

Intentional actions

A person angered by the driving behavior of someone else may try to “punish” the driver through acts of aggressive driving and road rage. In extreme cases, a road rage driver may purposefully collide with the side of another driver’s vehicle, causing a sideswipe accident and potentially forcing that vehicle off the road or into an oncoming lane of traffic. 

Street racing, another reckless behavior that at times results in sideswipe accidents, is illegal. New Texas laws regarding street racing have recently gone into effect, but racing is still a dangerous driving practice that causes severe accidents every year. 

Injuries Sustained in Texas Sideswipe Accidents

Some sideswipe collisions, such as when a driver scrapes the side of a parked vehicle in a parking lot or in a narrow lane, may result in little or no injury. However, when traveling at high speeds on a multi-lane road, a sideswipe could cause a rollover or send a vehicle spinning out of control.

We understand that any injury can disrupt your life and be overwhelming. If you have been injured in a sideswipe car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to receive the best medical care available to you and get maximum compensation for your losses. 

The following are some of the injuries our personal injury attorneys have helped accident victims recover compensation for:

  • Lacerations: Broken glass and jagged steel can cause deep cuts that may require stitches and other medical treatment. If the lacerations are severe, they may cause scarring and disfigurement. 
  • Head injuries: The force of the impact from an auto accident may cause a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Neck and back injuries: A heavy blow to the neck or back can result in broken bones, strained muscles, or even paralysis. 
  • Burns: Since vehicles contain gas and other combustibles, there is the potential of a fire after a major auto accident. A victim trapped inside a vehicle could sustain serious burn injuries.
  • Internal bleeding: Some injuries are not immediately apparent after a sideswipe accident. It is recommended that car accident victims seek medical attention even if they feel fine, as they may unknowingly have internal injuries that could be life-threatening.

Determining Fault After a Texas Sideswipe Accident

In order for your car accident claim to be successful, your lawyer will need to provide solid evidence showing who is at fault for the collision. Fielding Law’s lawyers have years of experience investigating motor vehicle accidents. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation and what is needed to build a solid case for our clients. 

Evidence gathered on behalf of our clients may include:

  • Videos and photos of the accident scene
  • Eyewitness testimonies
  • Police reports
  • Medical records
  • Drug and alcohol tests of the negligent driver
  • Testimony from accident reconstructionists and other experts

Evidence can quickly become misplaced or destroyed after a motor vehicle accident. For this reason, it’s recommended to hire a Fielding Law personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a sideswipe collision. This allows our legal team to immediately start gathering evidence while it is still fresh, so we can prepare a solid claim on your behalf.

Available Compensation After a Texas Sideswipe Accident

During your initial case consultation, a member of our skilled legal team at Fielding Law will listen carefully as you explain how the sideswipe accident occurred and how the injuries you sustained have impacted your life. If we determine that you have a valid case, our lawyers will then help you file a claim or personal injury lawsuit. 

Depending on the circumstances of your case and the injuries sustained, we may pursue damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

Don’t settle for less than what your claim is worth. A personal injury lawyer will know how to calculate the true value of your claim and ensure you receive maximum compensation. 

Contact a Texas Sideswipe Accident Attorney Today

If you have been injured in a sideswipe motor vehicle accident in Texas, don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law to discuss your legal options. Our compassionate legal team will be glad to review your case, assess its strengths, and explain the compensation process. We will answer any questions you may have and keep you updated as your case progresses. 

We understand the importance of financial compensation after a severe car accident. Victims are often left with mounting medical bills and physical injuries that prevent them from returning to work. You deserve more. Our lawyers work diligently for our clients and fight to obtain the compensation they need. 

Schedule your free consultation today at a time and location convenient to you. Call us any day of the week, night or day, or start a live chat on this page to schedule an appointment. We always work on contingency, so you pay no fees until you’re awarded a case settlement. 

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