Side-impact collisions frequently result in serious injuries or fatalities. Sometimes, these car accidents are referred to as broadsides or T-bone accidents due to the perpendicular shape that motor vehicles make at the time of the collision.
Unfortunately, side-impact collisions are often more deadly than other motor vehicles because there is not as much of a barrier at the side of vehicles when compared to the front or rear. Another reason why side-impact collisions are particularly deadly is that drivers and passengers often have no indication that an impact is about to occur.
While there is sometimes adequate time in front-end collisions to slow down, and thus decrease the severity of resulting damage, side-impact collisions often occur without any notice. As a result, these accidents often result in serious property damage and physical injury. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reports that in all of the accidents involving passengers, 51% of fatalities arise in side-impact accidents.
Side impact accidents frequently involve negligent or reckless drivers. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
Side-impact collisions are often particularly deadly when one of the vehicles involved is larger and heavier than the other. In many situations, the person who is sitting on the side of the vehicle that is struck ends up more seriously injured than the person who is further away. Some of the most common injuries that result from side-impact collisions include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side-impact collision, you are likely facing numerous complications. Contact an experienced car accident attorney today at Kruger & Hodges so that we can begin taking the steps necessary to make sure that you obtain adequate compensation. We have significant experience helping car accident victims, including those injured in side-impact collisions, create strong legal strategies to obtain the compensation that they deserve.