Side-impact collisions often cause serious harm. The side of a car does not have strong structural support to provide protection in the event of a crash. If a vehicle strikes another at a 90-degree angle, a person who is sitting near the point of impact may experience devastating injuries.
If you were involved in a side-impact collision or a T-bone crash, you may have been transported to an emergency room and treated for head trauma, back and neck injuries, lost limbs, broken bones, or paralysis. You may have undergone surgery and may have spent time in the intensive care unit. You may now be receiving care at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, recuperating at home, or undergoing frequent chiropractic treatments or physical therapy.
You and your family may be trying to figure out how to cope with the mounting stack of medical bills, in addition to ordinary living expenses, such as your mortgage, utilities, and groceries. If you are unable to work because of the injuries you suffered in the crash, the loss of your income may be compounding the problem. You may feel that you are in a dire situation, and you may be struggling to figure out what to do.
An Oklahoma City side-impact collisions lawyer may be able to help. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has helped people across the United States seek compensation for injuries they suffered in car accidents. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Contact us today at (800) 598-7557 to learn more.
How a Side-Impact Collision Can Happen
When a vehicle strikes another on the side, it usually happens because one person did not yield the right-of-way as required. A driver may run a red light or a stop sign and hit another vehicle at an intersection. A person may try to make a left-hand turn and may not see another car approaching or may think, incorrectly, that there is enough time to complete the turn before the other car reaches the intersection.
A motorist may unintentionally wind up in an intersection at the wrong time. In some cases, that may occur because of a driver’s negligence. For example, a person may be operating a vehicle while intoxicated or texting while driving.
In other circumstances, a driver may lose control of a vehicle, slide into an intersection, and hit another car. That may happen because the road is snowy or icy, or a person may be driving too fast in rainy weather and may hydroplane.
An accident may also occur because of a problem with a vehicle, such as failed brakes. That may happen because the driver neglected maintenance, a mechanic repaired the car incorrectly, or the vehicle had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.
For a free legal consultation with a side-impact collisions lawyer serving Oklahoma City, call (800) 598-7557
Liability in a Side-Impact Collision
Figuring out who was responsible for a T-bone crash may not be straightforward. If the driver who entered the intersection and hit your vehicle admitted to running a red light or stop sign, making an illegal turn, driving while drunk, or texting behind the wheel, that person may clearly be at fault. If the other driver lost control of the vehicle for some reason, the owner of the car, a mechanic, or the vehicle’s manufacturer might be responsible.
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How an Oklahoma City Side-Impact Collisions Lawyer Can Figure out Who Was Liable
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can investigate car accidents to determine who was responsible. We can review the police report to find out if an officer gave the other driver a ticket for violating a traffic law. Our team can also interview eyewitnesses and watch any surveillance or cellphone video that recorded the crash itself or the moments immediately before it occurred.
We can review maintenance and repair records to find out if the driver neglected to properly care for the car or if a faulty repair may have contributed to the crash. If so, we may consult independent automotive experts to determine whether the mechanic made a mistake or whether the part that was used to fix the car was poorly designed or defective.
If we believe that a problem with the vehicle itself may have led to the collision, we can enlist the help of experts to figure out if the car had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.
How an Oklahoma City Side-Impact Collisions Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice
After we have figured out who was responsible for the crash, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual or company to seek compensation for your losses. You may be entitled to a financial award that will cover your past and future medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
In car accidents, we often find that both drivers contributed to the collision. For instance, one person may run a red light, but the other may not react quickly enough to avoid a collision because he or she is talking on a cellphone.
If you share the blame for the accident, you may still be eligible for compensation. Oklahoma’s comparative negligence law, 23 OK Stat, §23-13, allows a person who was injured to obtain a financial award, as long as that individual’s amount of liability is not greater than that of the other party.
If you would like to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who hit you, but you are concerned about legal fees, you should not be. Ben Crump Law, PLLC operates on contingency. We do not charge clients seeking help with personal injury cases any fees upfront. We only get paid if we recover a financial award on behalf of a client.
You do not have much time to take action because of 12 OK Stat, §12-95, which sets the statute of limitations in personal injury cases at two years. If you do not file a lawsuit within that time frame, you may lose out on your ability to obtain compensation, even if you have a valid claim. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 598-7557, so we can begin working on your case as soon as possible.