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Swerving to Avoid a Crash

Swerving to Avoid a CrashSwerving to avoid a crash is a natural instinct for most drivers but is it always safe to swerve? Idaho State Police reported a crash involving two pickup trucks on Highway 75. A Chevy Silverado traveling northbound on State Highway 75 crossed over the center line into the southbound lane. An oncoming Ford F350 swerved to avoid being hit by the Chevy and ended up driving into a bar ditch. The Chevy struck the Ford F350 in the southbound lane. All occupants were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Traffic was blocked for about three hours as crews worked to clear the accident.

Swerving to Avoid a Crash

To avoid injury in a car accident, it is a natural instinct to want to swerve. If a driver is distracted and comes into your lane, you might be able to avoid a crash without injury by driving onto the shoulder of the road, honking your horn to alert the other driver, or swerving around the potential car accident. However, some experts would say you should never swerve. Here’s why.


From an insurance perspective, if the other car causes a car accident a claim can easily be made against their insurance. No questions asked. It is easy to determine fault. However, if you swerve and end up running into another vehicle or fixed object along the road side, the distracted driver may just drive off because they were not involved in a crash.  They are not required to stop; therefore, you will not be able to gather their information or insurance. It’s a lot harder to pin the crash on the driver who was really at fault.


Another reason not to swerve is the surroundings around you could be more dangerous. You might swerve into a pedestrian or hit an object that cause your vehicle to roll increasing your risk of injury. You may also end up causing a far worse accident. For example, if a car cuts you off and you suddenly swerve into another lane and crash with a different car, then you caused the accident. You could also swerve right into oncoming traffic and be hit head-on.

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident and the accident was not your fault, contact the legal professionals at Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our experienced car crash attorneys will fight for your rights to make sure you get every penny you deserve. Call our Idaho Falls law office now at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your case with a free consultation with an experienced car crash attorney!

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