Sideswipe Car Accident Attorneys in Atlanta
Motor vehicles are large and roadways are only so wide, making sideswipe accidents inevitable. A sideswipe accident happens when two vehicles are moving alongside each other, either in the same or opposite direction, and the sides of the vehicles collide. If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe accident, you need to consult an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney.
The expert Georgia legal team at Mulholland & Sutlive, LLC has successfully represented thousands of clients injured in car accidents.
Call us today at (770) 350-2691 for a free consultation. We want to help you put your life back together.
Georgia Statute of Limitations
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle sideswipe accident, you need to act in a timely manner. The State of Georgia imposes a strict statute of limitations on the filing of personal injury claims. In general, this is two years from the time the accident, according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 9-3-33.
Sideswipe Accident Injuries
While not usually as lethal as head on collisions, sideswipe collisions can still cause serious injury, and sometimes death. Injuries may include:
- Bruises and contusions
- Spinal injuries
- Lower back injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
Damages Resulting from Sideswipe Accidents
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle sideswipe accident, you could be entitled to compensation for certain damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Damage to property
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to time off of work
- Cost of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury and disability
Georgia Sideswipe Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), about 242,000 sideswipe accidents happen in the United States each year. These lead to over 27,000 injuries and more than 2,500 deaths. Statistics show that there were 1,223 vehicle accident deaths in Georgia in the year 2011, the most recent year statistics are available. Many of these deaths were the result of sideswipe accidents.
There are two categories of sideswipe accidents: “same direction,” and “opposite direction.”
Same direction sideswipe accidents happen four times more often than opposite direction sideswipe accidents. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), between the years 2000 and 2006, there were 215,765 same direction sideswipe accidents in Georgia—an average of more than 30,800 a year. During that same time, there were 54,794 opposite directions sideswipe accidents in the state—an average of 7,800 a year.
Let a Qualified Car Accident Lawyer Represent You
To find out more about your rights and options following a car accident injury, consult a qualified and experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer at Mulholland & Sutlive, LLC Our team has provided Georgia injury victims with stellar representation for many years.
Call us today at (770) 350-2691 for a free, comprehensive consultation. We’re on your side.