All You Need to Know About Side-Impact Collisions


October 24, 2023

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 
Side-impact collision

Car accidents are unsettling events, and among the various collision types, side-impact collisions stand out for their unique challenges and risks. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore what they are, top causes, potential injuries, and the importance of legal representation.

Side-Impact Collision- An Overview

Side-impact collisions, or T-bone collisions, occur when the front side of a vehicle accidentally strikes or hits the side of the other car sharing the road. It forms a "T" shape, hence the name. These accidents often occur at intersections or when drivers fail to yield the right of way. Sadly, the impact targets the vehicle's doors and side panels, where occupants have less protection in comparison to the front or rear.

Unfolding the Top Causes  

Understanding the factors contributing to side-impact collisions is critical to prevention and increased road safety. Here are some common causes

  • Running the Stop Sign/Red Light- The risk increases when drivers fail to adhere to traffic signals, especially at intersections.
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way: Instances where a car driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic or pedestrians can lead to T-bone collisions.
  • Distracted Driving: Activities such as texting, adjusting GPS or the radio, or eating in the car can divert a driver's attention, increasing the likelihood of side-impact collisions.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces reaction time, making it challenging for drivers to avoid collisions, particularly at intersections.

Injuries Resulting from Side-Impact Collisions

Side-impact collisions often result in a range of injuries due to the vulnerable positioning of the impacted vehicle's occupants. Some common injuries include:

  • Head and Neck Injuries- The force of impact can cause whiplash, concussion, or more severe head and neck injuries.
  • Chest Injuries- Impact on the side of the vehicle may lead to chest injuries, including rib fractures or damage to internal organs.
  • Pelvic Fractures- The lower body is particularly susceptible to injury in side-impact collisions, with pelvic fractures being a frequent outcome.
  • Spinal Injuries- The abrupt jolt of a T-bone collision can result in spinal injuries ranging from mild to severe.
  • Psychological Impact- Beyond physical injuries, the emotional and psychological toll of a side-impact collision can be significant, causing anxiety, stress, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer?

If you or a loved one has been in a side-impact collision and suffered from severe injuries due to someone else's negligence, make sure to seek legal representation. Establishing fault is crucial in securing compensation. A seasoned personal injury attorney can investigate the side-impact car accident, assess traffic signals, and interview witnesses to determine liability. Furthermore, they can assist you with paperwork and negotiations, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. Needless to say, with the right legal advocate, individuals can secure the support they need to recover from the aftermath of a side-impact collision, both physically and financially. And that's what we do the best. At Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we prioritize our client's needs, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve based on your specific situation. Contact us at NM: (505) 210-7991 or CA: (909) 303-1565 for a free case consultation!

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