Colorado is a “fault” state. This means that fault determines who pays compensation for an accident. If you weren’t at fault, then you won’t pay compensation no matter how badly injured the other driver is. Instead, you can receive compensation for your injuries.
One problem with sideswipe accidents is that it is not always obvious who is to blame. With a T-bone collision, by contrast, the vehicle that struck another is usually to blame. The same is true with rear-end collisions. If you were rear-ended, then it is more likely than not that you aren’t to blame.
But with a sideswipe, the two vehicles are parallel to each other. It isn’t always obvious who hit who or who is to blame. Your Grand Junction sideswipe accident attorney can help you build a case for compensation by establishing fault. Some of the evidence we always find helpful includes:
- Dash cam video
- Eyewitness testimony, such as what you or your passengers saw
- Pictures of the location where the accident happened
- Analysis of the vehicles, which can reveal which vehicle struck first
With this evidence, we can reconstruct how the accident unfolded. Many sideswipe accidents occur because a motorist is merging into traffic but doesn’t have enough space, so they slam into the side of someone. In other cases, a motorist pulls into the left lane to pass on the highway but doesn’t see a car in their blind spot. In either example, the driver has been negligent because they did not operate their vehicle carefully, so they are at fault for the collision.