Boca Raton Sideswipe Accident Lawyer

Have you or your loved one suffered injuries in a sideswipe accident in Boca Raton? A Boca Raton car accident lawyer can advise you on your legal rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

At the Eltringham Law Group, we are a team of highly experienced attorneys passionate about helping victims seek justice and recover damages after suffering personal injuries from sideswipe accidents. We understand the state’s personal injury laws and have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Contact our firm today for a no-obligation consultation.

How Sideswipe Accidents Happen

Sideswipe accident scenarios are like no other, as they often occur when two objects moving in opposite directions collide. These accidents can happen between two cars on the road, a car and a pedestrian, or a car and a stationary object like a telephone pole or tree.

When it comes to sideswipe accidents between vehicles, they are typically caused by one of the drivers failing to properly stop or turn their vehicle when necessary. This can include failure to yield, making an illegal turn, or failing to pay attention while driving.

Risks of Unsafe Lane Changes

When changing lanes, it is essential to always use the appropriate signals and check blind spots and impediments like bridge rails, cable barriers, and guardrails. Failure to do so can result in a serious, and sometimes even fatal, sideswipe accident.  Particularly when vehicles are moving at high speed on a highway.

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) 2021 traffic crash facts, there were 366 fatal and 988 incapacitating accidents in Florida due to failure to keep in the proper lane. Common reasons and circumstances for such accidents include:

  • Unsafely merging into a lane: When changing lanes, drivers must ensure the lane is free of other vehicles. Failing to do so can result in a sideswipe accident if two cars try to occupy the same space.
  • Sudden braking: If a driver suddenly brakes without warning and another vehicle is close behind them, they may be unable to react in time and sideswipe the car behind them.
  • Unsafely exiting a lane: When exiting a lane, drivers must check their mirrors and blind spots to ensure no other vehicles are nearby. Failing to do so can result in a sideswipe accident if the driver cuts off another car.

Who’s At-Fault for a Sideswipe Accident?

Determining the at-fault party for your sideswipe collision is critical. Generally, if a driver does not follow the appropriate road rules (failing to yield, making an illegal turn, etc.), they are likely to be held responsible for the accident.

However, other factors may come into play when determining fault. For example:

  • If one of the drivers was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may be responsible for damages.
  • If a defective car part causes an accident, the car manufacturer may be to blame.
  • If the at-fault driver’s employer did not follow generally accepted hiring or safety protocols, they might be liable for damages.

Determining liability for a sideswipe accident may not be straightforward, as various factors must be considered. That is why it helps to hire a qualified sideswipe accident lawyer as soon as possible.

What Damages Can You Recover?

When a sideswipe accident occurs, victims may be able to recover various types of damages, such as:

  • Medical bills: You may receive compensation for any past and future medical care you needed because of the accident, including hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy, and more.
  • Lost wages: If you had to miss work due to your injuries, you could seek compensation for lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering: You may also qualify for compensation for your physical pain, emotional distress, and any other mental trauma caused by the incident.
  • Property damage: If your vehicle was damaged due to the accident, you can seek compensation for repair costs or a replacement if necessary.
  • Permanent disability: In severe cases, you may be left with permanent disabilities that limit your ability to work and live a normal life. You may be able to receive compensation for these damages as well.
  • Loss of enjoyment and loss of consortium: After a devastating accident, you can never live normally again. You may be able to receive compensation for the loss of enjoyment and companionship that you would have otherwise enjoyed without the accident.

How We Can Help

Here is a quick breakdown of what to expect from Eltringham Law Group when you hire us to pursue your sideswipe accident claim:

  • We will review your case and determine all liable parties.
  • We will investigate the incident to gather evidence that proves fault and negligence.
  • We will provide legal advice and guidance throughout the process so you know what to expect each step of the way.
  • We can hire expert witnesses such as medical professionals or auto mechanics to reconstruct the incident and testify on your behalf if necessary.
  • We will negotiate with the insurance company to try and secure a fair settlement for you.
  • If necessary, we can take your case to trial if a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached.

Hiring an experienced sideswipe accident lawyer in Boca Raton is critical in ensuring you recover maximum compensation for your losses. At Eltringham Law Group, we have a proven track record of success in recovering damages for our clients. Contact us today to get started with your case.

Car Accident Case FAQs

Do I have to pay attorney fees upfront?

No. At Eltringham Law Group, we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you only pay us if we recover damages for you. This allows us to make legal services more accessible and affordable for our clients.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a sideswipe accident?

In Florida, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit after the crash date. You must take action before the deadline expires to avoid getting barred from filing a claim and recovering damages.

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5 star review

I usually never leave reviews, good or bad, but for this instance, I most definitely had to. David and Marnie were both AMAZING. They made me feel comfortable and confident in their ability to resolve my case. I was walking in a crosswalk and was hit by a vehicle resulting in having to go to the hospital. I sustained injuries from this that I am still in the midst of dealing with. I contacted the firm and was able to speak with them via zoom immediately. I decided to sign with them on a Monday evening (3 days after my accident) and by Tuesday afternoon (the very next day) my case was settled. And settled for the very max that was able to be obtained. I attribute a lot of this to not only the expertise of the firm, but the relationships that Marnie has built with her experience working as a lawyer within a major insurance provider, which just so happened to be the insurance provider involved in my case. This is incredibly atypical for a case to be settled this quickly, especially with this outcome. It has been two weeks to the day today that my accident has happened and my case has already been resolved. I am blessed and more than happy that I decided to hire this firm. Every case is different, but I can bet that this firm will handle your case with care and the utmost professionalism. I pray I never have to go through a situation like this again, but if I did, I wouldn’t hesitate to call this law firm. Thank you guys very much!!


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I highly recommend Eltringham Law Group to anyone seeking legal advice after having a car accident. David Eltringham and his entire staff gave me the personal attention I needed during a very difficult and painful time. David took the extra steps needed to ensure that I received the medical care I needed as well as the financial compensation I deserved. Harold Torres, Paralegal updated me every step of the way. Thank you Eltringham Law Group!

Laura Lauri

5 star review

I had such a great experience with Eltringham Law Group! I was always kept in the loop and the experience was so personal. I was always in close contact with Teresa who was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend Eltringham Law Group again and again – I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!!!

Alex Peacock

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