Savannah Side Impact Injury Attorneys
Side impact collisions are a type of motor vehicle accident that involves another vehicle or object striking the side of vehicle. In most cases, the impact area is centered on the doors and main passenger cabin areas, which often produces serious personal injuries for the occupants of the vehicle, due to the violent forces that are involved.
Common Injuries Associated with Side Impact Collisions
A side impact collision happens when the front or back of one vehicle crashes into the side of another. Due to the very nature of vehicle design, the car being hit typically incurs most of the damage. There is not much protection on the sides of vehicles, causing the body of the car to crumple and forcing passengers to absorb a majority of the force of impact.
While vehicles today are built with side impact airbags in order to combat the amount of injury involved in these types of collisions, serious damages often still result from these crashes. Some of the more common injuries caused by side impact collisions include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Neck and Back Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Internal Organ Damages
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Wrongful Death
Causes of T-Bone Accidents
Roads and the drivers on them are often unpredictable, but as a general rule of thumb, there are a few factors that typically contribute to side impact collisions.
- Driving while distracted
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
- Failure to yield to appropriate traffic signs, including stop signs and red lights
- Reckless maneuvering
- Failure to follow the rules of a four-way stop
- Speeding through a yellow light
- General driver negligence
Contact a Side Impact Attorney
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2009, about 27 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in the United States were a direct result of a side impact collision. Although safety precautions, such as side airbags and tougher crash tests on new cars, have been implemented, the likelihood of experiencing significant property damage and personal injury after this type of accident is very high.
A side impact collision can take only a second to occur, but the aftermath can last a lifetime. Shortly after being involved in this type of accident, you or your loved one will be contacted by the insurance company. It is crucial that you do not sign any documents from the provider before consulting with an experienced auto accident attorney at The Eichholz Law Firm.
Oftentimes, the insurance company will try to get injury victims to settle for far less compensation than they deserve. Insurance providers are in the business of making money and do not have your best interests at heart. At The Eichholz Law Firm, our team of legal professionals is dedicated to helping auto injury victims fight for the justice and compensation they may deserve.