• By: Graham Sutliff
  • Published: July 2022

Oftentimes, a sideswipe accident can occur with only minor damage, with little to no harm befalling the individuals behind the wheel. But when damages do occur, the results can be quite severe.

The most common version of a sideswipe accident occurs when two vehicles are driving side-by-side and one of the vehicles merges into the others’ lane. The most common reason for this occurring is typically a distracted driver. This type of incident can also occur if a driver simply did not look before moving into the other lane. Regardless, the contact caused by the guilty party is rarely just the start of a more dangerous type of accident.


When a sideswipe accident occurs, it is common for one or both of the parties to over-correct for the collision and momentarily drive erratically. The shock of the collision startles the driver and they temporarily lose focus on the road. If a driver over corrects too drastically, side-swipe accidents have been known to end in roll-overs, a very dangerous hazard for all drivers on the road, not just the victims in the vehicle.


Rollover accidents can have long lasting results for those who unfortunately happen to be involved in one. It’s common for victims of rollover accidents to suffer from the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Damage to the spinal cord
  • Internal organ damage
  • Severe brain injuries
  • Whiplash and other various neck injuries
  • Wounds and bruises
  • Death
  • And more…


According to the Institute for Highway Safety, 6,358 individuals lost their lives to rollover accidents in 2019. Included in the Institutes’ findings, was that 74% of rollover accidents occurred because of a collision prior to the rollover. Collisions such as side-swipe accidents.

Contact a Sideswipe Car Accident Attorney

Find out whether you are eligible to file a personal injury claim by contacting a car accident attorney. A reputable injury law firm can help you ensure that you are receiving the proper amount of compensation and that you are made aware of your options for recovering that compensation.

Damages to Fight for in Your Personal Injury Claim

After a sideswipe accident, your sole focus should be on your recovery. At Sutliff & Stout, we will strive to get you compensation for the following losses:

  • Loss of current and future wages
  • Past, present, and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Pain and suffering

Most clients tend to underestimate the cost of injuries. You’ll accumulate medical bills quickly, and insurance companies recognize that you’re feeling vulnerable. They will exploit this by offering you a settlement that is much lower than you deserve. By accepting the insurance company’s low-ball offer, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for excess costs and relinquish your right to sue the insurer for additional compensation in the future.

Although you may be able to cover your current medical bills, their offer is unlikely to cover future medical expenses. This is why you should always speak with a qualified personal injury attorney in Houston, Texas in advance. At Sutliff & Stout, we believe that it’s our job to ensure that you are not forced to pay for your recovery out of your own pocket. Because you were not at fault in the accident, you should not have to shoulder the resulting financial burden.

Call Sutliff & Stout to Speak with a Sideswipe Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love is injured in a sideswipe collision, you deserve a successful personal injury attorney on your side, guiding you toward a favorable outcome. When you partner with Sutliff & Stout, we review your claim, investigate your accident, interview witnesses, negotiate with insurance companies, and defend your rights, both outside and inside the courtroom if necessary. We take care of all this for free and only get paid if you win.

It often takes a trusted and seasoned injury attorney to ensure you are properly compensated after being hurt due to someone else’s negligence. You can reach us by calling (713) 987-7111 or completing our online contact form to determine if you qualify for compensation for your injuries from a sideswipe accident.

About the Author

Graham Sutliff is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Among other awards and certifications, he is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Super Lawyer for the past decade. In 2019 alone, Graham recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients who were injured by others. To learn more about Graham, click here.

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