Many people think head-on collisions cause the most injuries on the roadways. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presents data that shows side-impact collisions cause more injuries and property damage than head-on collisions do.
A side-impact accident can severely wound accident victims, put many in the hospital, and make some miss work as they recover from injuries. If you have suffered any injuries or losses from a side-impact accident, a Phoenix side-impact collision lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, might be able to help you explore your legal options. Call us at (800) 598-7557 today so that we can answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights.
Why Side-Impact Collisions Cause High Rates of Injury
Side-impact collisions typically occur in one of two ways. In one way, a vehicle will sideswipe another vehicle at a high rate of speed, causing the side of one vehicle to hit the side of another vehicle. In the other way, the vehicle hits the side of another vehicle perpendicularly in a T-boning accident. The sides of vehicles offer only minimal protection, even if they have airbags.
Research published in Injury Epidemiology indicates that the sides of a vehicle do not provide as much safety and protection as either the back or front of a vehicle, which is why side-impact collisions often include catastrophic injuries and deaths.
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Reasons Side-Impact Collisions Happen
While each car accident is unique and involves its own facts and circumstances, there are specific reasons why a side-impact collision happens on the roadways, including the following:
- Distracted driving (texting while driving, talking on a cellphone while driving, eating, drinking, smoking, etc.)
- Drowsy driving (fatigued driving that occurs when drivers either remain so tired that they have poor reflexes or fall asleep at the wheel)
- Failure to yield the right of way to other drivers either on the road or at an intersection
- Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or red light
- Aggressive driving (road rage)
- Careless or negligent driving (failure to monitor blind spots or surroundings)
- Poor visibility due to inclement weather conditions
- Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Manufacturing defects (some causes of side-impact collisions result from a design flaw or manufacturing defect, causing the vehicle to fail in some way)
A full and independent investigation can ultimately determine the reason for your side-impact collision and which driver had liability in your car accident.
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Injuries Resulting From Phoenix Side-Impact Collisions
Injuries that may occur as a result of side-impact collisions include:
- Internal organ damage and/or internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spine and neck injuries (possibly leading to whiplash, nerve damage, and/or paralysis)
- Soft tissue injuries (muscles, tendons, ligaments)
- Broken/fractured bones (possible amputations)
- Aortic dissection (heart conditions resulting from the impact of a seatbelt or airbag)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you are recovering from injuries following your side-impact collision, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of your next steps. Consider speaking with our legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, to learn how a Phoenix side-impact collisions lawyer can work with you in understanding the legal recourse that might be available to you. Call us today.
Compensation Following a Phoenix Side-Impact Collision
No amount of money will make you completely whole after a side-impact collision. However, you likely lost considerable time in your life due to recovering from your injuries. You might not have been able to spend time with your friends and family or work to earn an income. As such, you might want to file legal action to recover compensation for your losses and pain and suffering from the negligent party that caused you harm.
Some of the types of compensation you may have the legal right to pursue following a side-impact collision may include:
- Medical expenses. Medical bills include doctor visit co-pays, co-insurance costs, prescription, and over-the-counter medications, surgeries, medical treatments or therapies, medical devices, hospitalizations, and more. Additionally, if your injuries appear to be a lifelong condition that you will have to manage, you may have the right to pursue compensation for the expectation of future medical expenses. In many cases, victims will need to have an expert witness testify to the number and cost of the medical treatments and procedures they will continue to need as a result of their side-impact collision.
- Lost wages. Lost wages do not only relate to actual wages the accident victim lost when they remained unable to work due to their injury. Lost wages also include missed bonuses, missed promotions, lost vacation or sick pay, vehicle reimbursements, employee benefits, and employer pension contributions.
- Property damage. Side-impact collisions typically result in serious and substantial property damage to the vehicles involved. Victims could pursue compensation to either repair or replace their vehicles following the car accident.
- Pain and suffering. You might be able to pursue pain and suffering, along with the medical bills related to your injury. Visiting with a Phoenix side-impact collisions lawyer can help you determine the calculations for your pain and suffering.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we can help you conduct an independent investigation of your accident, negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance company on your behalf, calculate your pain and suffering, and other compensation you deserve and fight your case in court if necessary.
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Learn How a Phoenix Side-Impact Collisions Lawyer Can Help You
You may have questions and concerns following your side-impact collision. Learn how a Phoenix side-impact collision lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at (800) 598-7557, might be able to help you during a free evaluation of your case. You should not be responsible for paying the costs of a traffic accident you did not cause.
If you hire us, we work on a contingency basis, which means you pay us no upfront attorney’s fees. We do receive no payment from you unless we can win a financial award for you. Call us today so that we can get started working for you.