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Side Impacts Car Accidents

side impact accident

Author Brady Holt

Side impact car accidents occur when a car is hit by another vehicle or object from the side. These accidents are also known as T-bone accidents or broadside collisions. T-bone accidents can lead to death or serious injuries for both the driver and passenger. Side impact car accidents kill 8,000 and injure 10,000 people each year. Even worse, the most likely victim of a side-impact accident is a child. Even at low speeds, side impacts result in serious injuries to passengers.

Although modern cars are developing fantastic safety features, very little protection exists for a side impact accident. Even vehicles that have side-impact air bags do not provide occupants with the protection needed from such accidents. These protections become even less important when the accident occurs with cars driving at high speeds. Regardless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates these protections, if installed in all cars and trucks, would save hundreds of lives each year.

Causes of Side-impact injuries

Among many reasons for side impact accidents are:

Common Injuries

Unfortunately, victims of side impact crashes are likely to have serious injuries if not death. People riding on the side of the car where the impact occurs suffer the worst injuries. Many of these injuries will affect a person’s neck, head, chest, or legs. For passengers on the other side of the car, the most common injuries include head and chest injuries.

Neck and spine damages often lead to chronic pain, shock and paralysis. These injuries usually occur due to the crash impact which causes whiplash. Whiplash most commonly occurs with accelerated movement after an accident. These injuries will affect the nerves and discs in the spine and may cause a concussion.Some life threatening injuries include:

Due to the severity of the types of injuries, it becomes incredibly important for people to visit medical personnel after an accident.

What to do after a side impact accident?

One of the most frequent questions we hear is what should I do after an accident. On the scene, if possible, remember to exchange insurance information with the other drivers. You should also document the damagers to the vehicle with pictures and write down all of your injuries. When you visit a medical professional, make sure to talk about any pain or worry you have. If you are unable to communicate or document due to the severity of your injuries, do so as quickly as possible and get any police records you can get.

If you believe your injuries require more attention, contact an attorney as soon as possible. They can help you walk through any discussions with insurance companies and preserve any information you may need. The attorneys at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. have years of experience with side-impact collusion injuries. If you or someone you loved has suffered from such an injury, contact us today for a free consultation at (847) 357-0403. Remember that many states have strict statutes of limitation of one to two year to bring a personal injury lawsuit.

After consulting with an attorney, they will discuss the possible damages that you have suffered. These damages may include medical bills, lost wages, damage to vehicle, out of pocket expenses and vocational rehabilitation. In some circumstances, other noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, disfigurement, inconvenience and loss of consortium. Insurance companies act as private, for-profit companies and they may was to settle. In many instances, a personal injury lawyer will help you negotiate with these companies to recoup your damages.

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