Any type of auto accident can be devastating, but sideswipe collisions can be especially complicated and difficult. Often, the injuries sustained from sideswipe collisions can be among the most devastating and life changing. Here’s what you need to know about sideswipe collisions and how to proceed after one.
Not All Cars Are Protected
While some vehicles like trucks, SUVs, and hybrids have protections built into the frame and safety features of the vehicle, small passenger cars have no such protections. Minivans and cargo vans may also have rollover bars, but have little protection for those sitting in the back seats of the vehicle. The front and rear bumpers are often designed to withstand impact, but the sides of the vehicle may be unprotected. This means that you are more likely to sustain an injury.
Airbags and Seat Belts
Seat belts are most effective in collisions from the rear or front of the vehicle because the seatbelt serves to hold you within your seat on impact. The downside to this is that when you are hit from the side, the seat belt holds you in place, increasing your risk of injury from metal protruding into the car. Many vehicles do not have side airbags, especially older models. This lack of safety features on the side of the car can increase your risk of serious injury.
Large Vehicles to Small Vehicles
While any collision can be potentially serious, when a large vehicle sideswipes a smaller vehicle, the chances of severe injury are greatly increased. A large vehicle can crumple the side of a car with a sideswipe collision. Likewise, if your collision is with a tractor trailer or large semi-truck, it could be potentially devastating.
If you have been in a sideswipe collision and need representation, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.