Side-impact Car Accidents

By Hardin Ramey on January 08, 2019

Damaged vehicle after side-impact collisionSide-impact car accidents can result in serious injury or even death. A side-impact crash refers to an accident in which at least one vehicle is impacted on its side.

These accidents can be especially dangerous because the sides of the vehicle do not offer as much protection as the rear and front ends.

If you have been in a side-impact car accident, have a personal injury lawyer review your case. A car accident attorney at The Ramey Law Firm in Dallas, TX, will help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. At The Ramey Law Firm, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for damages.

What Is a Side-impact Car Accident?

Side-impact car accidents refer to any accident in which the side of the vehicle is hit.

T-bone, or broadside accidents, are one type of side-impact car accident. These types of collisions involve one vehicle hitting the side of another vehicle at or near a 90-degree angle.

Another type of side-impact collision is a sideswipe, in which both vehicles are parallel with one another, but one vehicle hits the side of the vehicle as it goes by.

When a vehicle is impacted on its side, it can sustain severe damage. Further, drivers and passengers can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. This is because, as opposed to front and rear-end collisions, there is little to protect the driver and passengers from the force of the colliding vehicle.

Where Do Side-impact Car Accidents Typically Occur?

Most often, side-impact car accidents occur at intersections. At intersections, cars travel perpendicular to one another. Side-impact car accidents usually take place when one driver fails to yield the right-of-way to another driver, often due to running a stop sign or red light. For the same reason, parking lots are a common scene of these accidents.

However, side-impact car accidents can also occur due to a vehicle swerving out of control on an icy or rainy road.

Sideswipe accidents can also occur when a driver changes lanes on a highway without noticing a vehicle in his or her blind spot.

Why Are Side-impact Car Accidents So Dangerous?

Modern vehicles are designed to withstand some of the impact in head-on and rear-end collisions. Unfortunately, if you are struck from the side, there is little more than the door and window to protect you and your passengers.

Even if the collision takes place at a relatively low speed, you are more likely to suffer the full brunt of a side-impact collision than another type of accident.

As is the case with any car accident, the severity of the damage and the injury will depend on other factors, including the types of vehicles that were involved and the speed at which the collision took place.

Neck and spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, chest injuries, limb injuries, paralysis, and even death can occur as a result of side-impact accidents.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

If you suffered an injury in a side-impact car accident, do not hesitate to contact The Ramey Law Firm. We will help you collect the compensation you deserve while you focus on recovering. Call (972) 437-5577 today or contact us online.

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