A sideswipe accident involving another vehicle can have potentially tragic consequences, especially when the other vehicle is a big rig or a tractor-trailer. Sideswipe accidents can happen any time a truck driver makes a dangerous lane change, fails to check blind spots, or lets their vehicle drift into other lanes of traffic. These mistakes can prove costly for truck drivers and dangerous or even fatal for others on the roadway.
Truck accidents often result in major injuries. Because of the size and weight of big rigs, it's common for riders of passenger vehicles to suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries. The experienced NYC truck accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP have helped many injured clients and families get just compensation for their losses. Call us at (212) 986-7353 to find out how we can help you.
Regardless of what causes the crash, the accident may result in the victim's vehicle getting crushed by the trailer or veering off the road. Such sideswipe accidents also result in devastating rollover accidents. What started as a minor bump on the side of the vehicle can turn into a serious crash with devastating consequences for the smaller vehicle's occupants. Victims of sideswipe truck accidents could potentially suffer bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage.
Here are a few circumstances that can lead to a sideswipe truck accident:
- The truck driver fails to check mirrors or use the signal before changing lanes.
- The truck driver overreacts to a dangerous condition resulting in a crash on the other side of their vehicle.
- Distracted driver lets their vehicle drift across traffic lanes.
- Drowsy truck driver who violates federal hours-of-service regulations dozes off at the wheel causing a crash.
- Speeding truck driver loses control.
These types of injuries can prove as costly financially in addition to causing significant emotional trauma for victims and their families. Unfortunately, insurance providers often dispute injury claims when the cause of the crash is a sideswipe collision. It is crucial to take the steps necessary to protect your rights. If you have been injured in a sideswipe truck accident, make sure you remain at the site of the crash and call the police.
Write down everything you can about the truck driver, the truck, and the trucking company. Also, gather contact information from anyone else who may have witnessed the crash. It can help to have photos of the truck and the damage to your vehicle. Get medical attention for your injuries immediately. Contact a skilled New York trucking accident attorney who will help you get the support you need to recover and get your life back to normalcy. With legal guidance, compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages.
Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.
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