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The Dangers of Side Impact Car Crashes

Most commonly known as t-bone collisions, side impact crashes are one of the more dangerous types of car crashes and often result in serious injuries. Although injured parties can collect compensation for their medical expenses, damaged property, and lost wages from the responsible individuals, the process of filing a claim can be time-consuming and difficult. Having the advice and guidance of an Atlanta car accident lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of a case, so if you were recently involved in a side impact crash and suffered an injury or damage to your car, it is critical to contact an experienced car accident attorney serving Bartow County, Atlanta who can protect your interests. The dangers of side-impact car crashes mean that victims' lives may be permanently affected.

Common Causes

Side impact car crashes can occur in a variety of situations, but are usually the result of:

  • Failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection;
  • Making an improper or illegal turn; and
  • Failing to obey traffic signals.

In almost all side impact crashes, reckless, unlawful, or negligent conduct was a factor, which includes:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
  • Speeding.

Because most side impact crashes occur while a driver is distracted, they almost always involve a collision at a high speed, which leaves occupants vulnerable to serious injuries.

Dangers of Side-Impact Car Crashes

The sides of a vehicle offer far less protection to occupants than do the front and rear of a car. This is in large part because several layers of steel, engine, or trunk insulate drivers from impacts that occur directly on the front or rear bumpers. The sides of a car, on the other hand, are made up of only a few inches of steel and a window. As a result, side impact crash victims often suffer from especially devastating injuries, such as:

  • Broken ribs;
  • Pelvic fractures;
  • Lung contusions;
  • Closed head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Broken femurs;
  • Spinal cord damage;
  • Injuries to the sternum and diaphragm;
  • Dislocated or crushed shoulders; and
  • Hearing loss.

Many of these injuries have permanent consequences that leave victims struggling with memory loss, limited mobility, paralysis, and chronic pain for years after the accident. This makes it especially important for those who have been injured in a side impact crash caused by another driver’s negligence to speak with a personal injury attorney in Atlanta who can help them seek compensation for their losses.

Establishing Negligence

In order to demonstrate one party’s negligence, the plaintiff’s legal team will need to conduct an in-depth investigation into the crash, which may require:

  • Collecting traffic light records;
  • Photographing the damaged vehicles;
  • Measuring and photographing skid marks at the scene of the accident;
  • Requesting a copy of the police report;
  • Retaining medical records that document the extent and location of the plaintiff’s injuries; and
  • Obtaining witness testimony.

Carefully collecting this type of evidence is crucial to helping injured parties demonstrate another driver’s fault.

Call us Today to Speak With an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta lawyer, please call the Angell Law Firm at (770) 217-4954 today. We understand the dangers of side-impact car crashes, and we know that injured parties may be unable to travel to our office and so take great pains to schedule consultations at a location that is most convenient for our clients.

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