Lane change or “side swipe” collisions are more common than one might think. These auto accidents are described as a “glancing blow” from or on the side of another object, such as another vehicle and usually occur when one vehicle makes an improper lane change and makes contact with the vehicle in the adjacent lane. Drivers of motorcycles and commercial trucks can also be guilty of side swipe collisions. Cyclists are often victims of these accidents as drivers underestimate or fail to acknowledge the space a cyclist needs on the road.
A side swipe accident in Woodland Hills may also be caused by a distracted driver who veers into the adjacent lane. Distracted driving occurs under a variety of circumstances, including texting while driving, using a phone, being impaired by alcohol or prescription drugs, or a host of other circumstances.