Car accidents can be traumatic and jarring events. Sideswipe accidents can be even more shocking, as victims may not have had any idea that an accident was coming. Sideswipe accidents result when cars driving alongside one another collide. These accidents can involve challenges in proving how exactly they occurred, and which driver was at fault.
At the Law Offices of Leandros A. Vrionedes, we have spent decades representing car accident victims throughout New York, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Our factual investigators will thoroughly inspect a crash site to uncover evidence of what led up to and occurred during the crash, and will find any available witnesses who can support your claim in court. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to determine the value of your sideswipe accident injuries, and will diligently fight to ensure you obtain a result that fully compensates you for those injuries. Contact us as soon as possible after a New York sideswipe accident, so that we can begin the process of obtaining compensation for you.
Causes of sideswipe accidents
Sideswipe accidents have become commonplace on New York roadways. These accidents are often more destructive than they once were due to the increased speed at which drivers now travel. Causes of these accidents include:
- Drivers failing to turn and check the neighboring lane before merging
- Distractions pulling drivers’ attention from the road
- Drunk or fatigued drivers who allow their car to drift into the car next to them
- Aggressive drivers failing to yield the right of way to a merging car
New York law on sideswipe accidents
New York Vehicle & Traffic Law makes it illegal to change lanes without making sure it is safe to do so. The law states, “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” If another driver fails to check their mirrors and blind spots for another car before changing lanes, they’re not only breaking the law, they’re putting your life at risk. Sideswipe accidents can cause substantial body damage to your car, and can also result in your vehicle being forced into the vehicle in the other lane, or into a post, embankment, or guardrail. You deserve compensation for sideswipe accidents which result from another driver’s negligence.
If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe accident in New York, get the money damages you deserve for your lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Contact the Law Offices of Leandros A. Vrionedes for a free consultation on your case, with offices located in Manhattan (212-889-9362) and Astoria (718-777-5895).