Side impact crashes account for 9,000 traffic fatalities each year in the United States, as reported by the U.S. Office of Health, Safety, and Security. Besides head on collisions, side impact accidents are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle crashes, responsible for the greatest number of deaths. Commonly referred to as a T-bone crash or broadside accident, side impact crashes occur when the front end of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle.
Due to the placement of the two colliding vehicles, even those who survive these wrecks are likely to suffer from serious and debilitating injuries. The majority of the vehicles built today are designed to come equipped with side airbags, a change which has taken place based on the growing number of injuries and fatalities. Regardless of these safety features, however, many broadside accidents are far too severe to for these features to protect the passenger occupants.
Citrin Law Firm has seen hundreds of side impact collisions over the years. During this time, we have come to gain a specific understanding of what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. Our personal injury attorneys have had years of experience in motor vehicle accident litigation. Utilizing expert resources in conjunction with our experience and knowledge, we place our clients in the best position to win the maximum compensation possible.
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Causes of Side Impact Crashes
The high fatality rate associated with side impact crashes correlates with the vulnerable position the passenger occupants are faced with during this blow. Most vehicles are designed withstand a forceful impact from either the front or the back. While technological developments in side airbags have helped to reduce the severity of some side impact injuries, those who are struck from the side are still left in an especially defenseless position.
These particular kinds of collisions often occur due to some form of driver negligence. In addition, many of these accidents are caused by adverse weather conditions or vehicle failure, both of which place the at-fault driver in a dangerous position, as they are unable to control the vehicle. Intersections at both red lights and 4-way stop signs contribute to the most wrecks.
The following are some of the most common causes of side impact crashes:
- Driver negligence
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Neglecting to adhere to a “no turn on red” traffic sign
- Failure to yield
- Ignoring another motorist’s right of way
While intersections account for the majority of these types of accidents, there are a number of additional circumstances where this debilitating accident may occur. Regardless of the location in which the car accident occurs, accident victims must seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
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T-Bone Accident Injuries
When a vehicle is struck from the side, the car doors which are hit are generally incapable of handling and absorbing the high energy of the impact, especially when high speeds are involved. This is due to the lack of substance in the actual car doors, particularly when compared to both the front and back of a vehicle. As such, many of the injuries found in side impact accidents are quite severe, often requiring long recovery periods and physical therapy.
The following are some of the most common injuries for T-bone collisions:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of the above injuries, you and your family deserve to be compensated for the enormous financial strain which you have to now ensure. Citrin Law Firm is here to help you achieve this financial gain.
We are Attorneys Helping People
Providing professional legal services to both Mobile and Baldwin counties, Citrin Law Firm has played a significant role in the community for many years. At our personal injury firm, we believe that when the careless of another individual causes suffering and harm to an innocent accident victim, the at-fault party must pay. Our side impact crash lawyers understand what it takes to win big in the courtroom. As such, we work diligently to fight for your rights and achieve the compensation in which you deserve.
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