How a Competent Las Vegas Sideswipe Accident Attorney Can Help
Every turn in Las Vegas highlights flashing neon signs, attention-grabbing personalities, and other sources of distraction. Drivers may try to focus on the roads, but sometimes, they are unable to do so. If a driver is distracted, accidents can happen. However, there are instances when a driver gets his focus back right before a T-bone collision. He may try to avoid a head-on collision but not without the possibility of a sideswipe accident. In cases like these, a Las Vegas Sideswipe Accident Attorney can help.
Why do sideswipe accidents happen?
Sideswipe accidents happen when a driver makes a sudden, and often, improper lane change. Nevada traffic laws have established that all drivers must take precautionary measures at all time when changing lanes. These measures include:
- Using the rear- and side-view mirrors to check on oncoming traffic
- When traversing along city streets, turn on your blinkers at least ten car lengths or 100 feet before changing lanes.
- When cruising on highways and freeways, signal traffic at least 30 car lengths or 300 feet ahead.
- Look over the shoulder to check for blind spots
- Never change lanes when you’re in an intersection
A driver who fails to follow these steps may be held liable for injuries and damage to property following an accident. In Nevada, insurance companies are not “very accepting” of claims for sideswipe accidents.
Are sideswipe accidents categorically considered minor at all times?
Sideswipe accidents don’t cause a lot of physical damage, that’s why insurers and their attorneys hold on to the belief that the crash could not have caused substantial injuries. What insurers don’t understand is that although sideswipe accidents only last for a fraction of a second, the accident could still be as grave as a T-bone collision.
For example, it is not unusual for vehicles to travel at a speed of 75 miles per hour on freeways. With such velocity, even a slight sideswipe accident can cause a disastrous domino effect. In the worst case scenario, a car could be sent flying in the air until it comes crashing down on a stationary object or another passing vehicle.
But even if that does not happen, a sudden change in movement could cause neck injuries to the driver, and passengers, within the impacted car. Bear in mind that head and neck trauma require costly medical treatment.
How to establish driver liability
A driver must follow traffic laws at all time. Not only is texting while driving illegal in Nevada, but it is also downright careless. Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of sideswipe accidents in the state.
Other causes of sideswipe accidents include a distracted driver (i.e., Kids fighting in the backseat), a fatigued driver, and a drunk driver.
To prevent accidents wherein you are at fault, it is best that you don’t drive for 18 or more hours straight. Truck drivers should rest in-between trips. Companies found to implement systems that cause recklessness might share in the driver’s liability.
Also, don’t drive if you are under the influence of alcohol, narcotics and prescription drugs. Granted that a driver under the influence is not able to reach a sound decision on his own, then friends or family should make that decision for him.
Dan Lovell of Empire Law Group is a Las Vegas Sideswipe Accident Attorney that is aggressive in representing these cases. Evidence must be substantial enough to win an argument and help you recover the full amount of damage.