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Side-impact collisions–often more recognizable by their colloquial name of “T-bone crashes”–are one of the most commonly occuring types of car collisions in the United States. Despite being in possession of such an “appealing” name, a T-bone collision can be deadly serious and potentially fatal in many cases due to the violent, direct nature of the impact.
A side-impact collision generally occurs when one vehicle is impacted directly on its side at a relative angle of 90 degrees, hence the name T-bone crash; an homage of sorts due to the aftermath of such a collision visually resembling the popular steak. At least to some people it does, anyway.
A car that is struck in a side-impact collision is completely vulnerable to being impacted with brutal force and has literally nothing to protect itself, or the driver inside, from the serious threat of an oncoming vehicle. The potential for horrific injuries, especially if there are high speeds involved, is unfortunately very high and nearly guaranteed in a side-impact collision.
The aftermath of a side-impact collision tends to be more devastating than in other types of car accidents. The costs of medical care associated with treating injuries as a result of a side-impact collision will likely be extreme. Individuals injured as a result of such a collision may be unable to return to work for several weeks or months, if ever.
Injuries as a result of a side-impact collision are generally life changing, and victims and their loved ones will need representation by an experienced car accident lawyer who will fight for the settlement that they need and deserve.
There are only a few reasons for a side-impact collision to ever occur. The vast majority of these causes are of the common sense variety and will necessarily involve a high degree of negligence on behalf of at least one of the drivers involved. The most recurring reasons for side-impact collisions are:
Let’s consider a few examples. What if, for example, a driver fails to follow road rules related to right of way while at a four way stop sign? He or she then enters the intersection at the same time as a vehicle to its right and ends up slamming into that car. In this case, the driver who was impacted by the driver who failed to respect right of way laws will have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
The point of the previous example is to illustrate the fact that negligence often plays a significant role in the majority of all side-impact collisions. However, there are other factors at play. A plaintiff who chooses to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver will also bear the burden of proving that the other driver’s negligence was indeed the direct cause for the side-impact collision.
In order to actually prove negligence, a victim’s car accident lawyer must demonstrate that the offending driver violated his or her duty of avoiding risk of harming another driver by a reckless or negligent action.
In sum, to prevail against a defendant, a plaintiff must prove that:
What exactly is a duty of care? In short, all drivers have the responsibility to act prudently and safely while behind the wheel. Any action or inaction that violates this responsibility, whether intentionally or not, can constitute a violation of one’s duty of care.
According to data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 25% of all traffic deaths reported in 2014 were as a result of a side-impact collision. Common injuries sustained as a result of side-impact collisions include:
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a side-impact collision, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 213 927 3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.