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Georgia Sideswipe Crashes are Deadly and Could Be Preventable

October 21, 2019

A sideswipe crash is one in which vehicles collide on their sides either while driving the same direction or in opposite directions. These crashes are often the result of blind spots, where a driver goes to change lanes without noticing another vehicle in that lane. The cars hit causing damage to the sides of both vehicles.*

Sideswipe accidents are frequently the result of a tired, distracted, or simply careless driver who veers out of their lane and into another lane of traffic striking the other vehicle. The most common causes include a driver texting, eating or otherwise paying attention to something that is not the road, a sleepy driver who shuts their eyes and falls asleep and drifts out or their lane, a driver of a large vehicle who fails to see a smaller vehicle next to them, a drunk driver who cannot maintain their lane, and drivers who lose their tempers and intentionally sideswipe another vehicle. These accidents may also be the result of vehicles merging and one of the vehicles failing to yield. 

Sometimes these impacts lead to nothing more than property damage. However, in other scenarios, especially when cars are traveling at high rates of speed, they can be deadly. Another risk factor is that drivers panic and try to correct and end up overcorrecting, making a minor collision into a much more serious crash. By jerking the steering wheel back the other way, the driver can lose control of their vehicle or even veer into oncoming traffic leading to a head-on collision. 

Most of the time, drivers who fail to check their blind spot or veer out of their lane are the ones who will be held liable for damage caused by the accident. 

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