Car accidents can be difficult, both physically and financially, especially if you were not responsible for the crash. In some cases, it is clear which party was at fault for the accident, but some situations may be more To begin, what does the term “at-fault” mean? The term at-fault is used to refer to the person or party that was responsible for the accident. In other words, if a driver ran a red light and t-boned a vehicle, they would be considered at-fault; the accident would not have occurred if the driver had not run the red light.challenging to assess.
If you're not sure who caused your sideswipe accident, feel free to contact our firm to ask about your case. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and can often answer questions over the phone.
What is a Sideswipe Accident?
Sideswipe accidents most often happen when another driver tries to change lanes without proper care, attempts to enter the freeway from the entrance ramp, or makes an unsafe maneuver on a city street. If the other driver "swipes" the side of your vehicle with their own, it's a sideswipe accident.
Although sideswipe accident may seem as less severe as other accidents, the severity of the injuries suffered can leave a victim with serious injuries. We have had clients who have missed valuable time from their work because the injuries they suffered in a sideswipe accident required them to go to quite a number of chiropractic and physical therapy sessions to get back on their feet. If you have been in a sideswipe accident and are experiencing any pain, it would be a good idea to go to a doctor. Sometimes there are injuries that are not seen on the skin, but are found through medical imaging such as CT scans and MRIs.
How to Know Who's At Fault
It's important to know who's at fault for an accident because the at-fault driver will also be responsible for paying for the damages (like your car and medical bills) that resulted from the wreck.
In some cases, the other driver may be 100 percent at fault for your sideswipe accident, making him or her responsible for all damages. However, if both parties are deemed to be negligent, the fault might be split 50/50, 20/80, etc.
If you are determined to be 10 percent at fault for the accident, you will be responsible for 10 percent of the damages incurred. In rare cases, it is also possible that an outside entity could be responsible for your sideswipe accident. For example, if another driver swiped your car due to brake failure, the car’s manufacturer could be held accountable for the accident.
The Other Driver Is At Fault If...
The other driver is at fault for a sideswipe accident if they:
- Did not use a turn signal while turning
- Were speeding and therefore caused the accident
- Crossed a solid line on the road and hit your car
- Changed lanes without checking their blind spots
- Failed to yield
- Weaved between cars
- Didn't leave enough space between cars to enter a lane
- Were driving under the influence
- Were texting or making a call while driving
- Were eating, changing radio stations, or doing anything that distracted them from the road
- Were too tired to drive
- Were not paying close attention to the road
Once you've determined the other driver was at fault for your accident, how do you prove it to the insurance company?
Our experienced legal team understands how to gather evidence for auto accident cases. To prove fault, we can use police reports, witness testimony, medical reports, photographs of the vehicles involved, and more. If you'd like more information on how we help accident victims with sideswipe accident injuries, please contact our office to schedule your free consultation. There are many ways that our attorneys can use evidence to make your case successful, and the biggest way is by establishing that you had no fault whatsoever in causing the accident.
Still Not Sure Who's At-Fault?
If you're not sure who caused your sideswipe accident, feel free to contact our firm to ask about your case. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and can often answer questions over the phone. We understand that this might be a painful and confusing time for the injured victim, which is why we are committed to helping you through the legal process of your accident. The attorneys and legal team at the Anderson Law Firm are here to help.
Having Trouble Handling the Insurance Company
So you've determined the other driver is at fault for your sideswipe accident. Now you've started the claims process, but you're running into trouble. Some common problems include:
- Your insurance adjuster won't return your calls
- Your doctor refuses to see you for your accident-related injuries
- You're stressed and don't have time to handle your entire claim
- The insurance company's settlement offer is unfair
- You're worried if you're gathering strong enough evidence
- You aren't sure what the value of your case is
- You're still in pain, but you feel pressured to accept the insurance company's offer because you need the money to pay for your damages and expenses
There are many reasons the insurance company might be giving you trouble, but one of the main reasons is simple: it's an insurance company's job to pay you as little as possible for your accident. Insurance companies do want to pay an injured victims because this decreases their revenue. Insurance companies are in the market to make money, and they train their adjusters to use strategies that will avoid contact with an injured victim, such as avoiding phone calls, not returning emails, and other communication tactics.
If you're struggling with any of these issues, we're here to help. We've been handling personal injury claims in Texas for over 25 years, and we are happy to set up a free consultation to discuss how we can help you. Call us today at 817-294-1900 so you can be on the path of recovery without debt.