A side impact collision occurs when one vehicle strikes another at approximately a 90-degree angle. This is also sometimes referred to as a “T-bone” collision. When a vehicle is hit on the side, there is no major structural barrier to protect a person seated near the site of the impact. A side impact collision can therefore result in serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries, such as head trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, severe cuts, organ damage, and internal bleeding.
If you were hurt in a side impact collision, you may have been transported to the hospital in an ambulance. You may have undergone surgery and may have to continue to receive treatment from a chiropractor or a physical therapist.
Even with ongoing treatment, you may suffer from chronic pain and limited mobility. It may be difficult or impossible to complete ordinary household tasks and to care for your children. If you had a physically demanding job prior to the accident, you may not be able to return to the type of work you used to do. You may have to seek a job in a completely new and unrelated field, or you may be unable to work at all.
The combination of your physical pain and suffering, the inability to work, and concern about the future may be causing extreme stress for you and your family. You and your spouse may be struggling to pay the bills.
A Dallas side impact collisions lawyer may be able to help you seek justice. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, handles various car accident cases. Our team may be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
A financial award could give your family some peace of mind so you could move forward. Contact us at 800-959-1444 to discuss your case with a member of our team and to learn more about what we may be able to do to assist you.
How a Side Impact Collision Can Happen
Side impact collisions often occur because of negligence. Sometimes an accident occurs because a driver unintentionally enters an intersection when another driver has the right-of-way.
For example, a driver may run a red light or a stop sign, enter an intersection, and strike another driver who has the right-of-way. A driver may fail to stop because of impatience, or they may be distracted while talking or texting with a cellphone.
A person who hits another vehicle on the side may be speeding and unable to stop, or that individual may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and may not notice a red light or a stop sign. A side impact collision may also happen if a driver attempts to make a turn without waiting for oncoming traffic to pass.
For a free legal consultation with a side impact collisions accidents lawyer serving Dallas, call 800-959-1444
How a Dallas Side Impact Collisions Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can investigate to figure out what happened and who was responsible. We can start by reviewing the accident report to find out if the driver who hit you received a ticket or a warning for violating a traffic law.
We can also interview you, any passengers who were in the car with you at the time, and any witnesses who were nearby and who saw what happened. Any video footage that may be available, either from a traffic camera, a surveillance camera at a nearby business, or a bystander’s cellphone, may provide additional insight.
If we determine that the other driver was liable for the collision, we may file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. We can pursue a financial award that will cover the medical expenses you have already incurred related to the accident, plus costs for future medical care.
We can seek compensation for the income you have lost, as well as for lost earning potential, if you will not be able to return to your previous job. Our team can also pursue an award to cover your pain and suffering. Personal injury cases are often settled out of court through negotiations, but the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can take a case to trial if we believe that is necessary to reach a fair settlement.
The other driver may argue that you were the one who caused the accident. The information that we gather from our investigation will help us determine whether there is any validity to that claim.
Sometimes, the actions of two or more drivers contribute to a collision. Some states have comparative negligence laws to deal with those types of circumstances. Under according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001, you may be able to obtain financial compensation for what you have suffered because of the accident, as long as you were not more than half responsible.
Whatever amount of compensation you would have been entitled to if you had not shared any blame for the collision can be reduced by a percentage to account for your level of responsibility.
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Consider a Personal Injury Attorney
The statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas is two years from the date of injury, according to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. That may seem like plenty of time, but accident investigations are often complex and time-consuming, especially when the other driver denies responsibility and disputes the plaintiff’s version of events. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner a Dallas side impact collisions lawyer may begin working on your case.
People who have been injured in car accidents often think that they could not afford to hire an attorney. That is not something that you need to worry about since Ben Crump Law, PLLC, works on contingency. We understand that people who are out of work and struggling to pay their bills cannot afford to pay legal fees out of pocket, so we do not charge any money up front. Our firm only gets paid if we obtain a financial award for a client.
Call our office today at 800-959-1444 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.