According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the critical reason for most car accidents is driver error. Like many types of car crashes, side-impact accidents can be prevented with safe driving. Motorists should:
- Obey the speed limit.
- Obey stoplights and traffic signs.
- Avoid driving drowsy.
- Stay in the proper lane.
- Exercise caution at intersections and while making turns.
- Adjust driving based on road conditions.
- Avoid aggressive driving or “road rage.”
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Another critical way side-impact accidents can be prevented is by avoiding driving distractions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), distracted driving causes about 8% of crash deaths. Cell phones are one of the biggest sources of distraction among drivers. However, anything that causes them to take their attention from the road is a distraction, including eating, drinking, daydreaming, grooming, navigation and radio controls, or even other passengers.
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The Consequences of Side-Impact Accidents
Side-impact collisions, sometimes called T-bone or broadside accidents, can cause serious injuries and major medical expenses for those involved.
Injuries Side-Impact Collisions Cause
Side-impact accidents can leave passengers with broken bones, head, neck, back, spinal, and internal injuries. These injuries could result in serious short- and long-term medical problems, including:
- Reduced cognitive functioning
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Partial or permanent paralysis
- Chronic pain
- Problems with concentration, speech, and memory
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Treating your injuries may require serious, expensive, and ongoing medical care. You may need emergency treatment, surgeries, hospitalization, physical therapy, and long-term care. Your injuries may also permanently change your way of life, affecting your ability to work, contribute to your household, and enjoy life.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Drivers are legally obligated to operate their vehicles with a reasonable duty of care for others on the road. Breaking traffic laws, driving under the influence, and engaging in other reckless behaviors breach that duty. If another driver’s negligence caused your accident, you may be entitled to financial awards.
You can seek compensation for your medical bills, damaged vehicle, and lost wages. One way you may recover your losses is through an insurance claim. Sometimes, the insurance company involved will deny your claim or refuse to offer you an acceptable settlement.
When this happens, you may be able to seek awards through a personal injury lawsuit. In civil cases, you can also pursue compensation for your pain and suffering. If your loved one died in a side-impact collision accident, you may have the right to sue for their wrongful death.
Remember, a state’s statute of limitations bounds lawsuits. These are laws that outline how long you have from the time of your injury or your loved one’s death to file your case in court. An attorney can help you learn more about the law and help you with the insurance process and legal actions, if necessary. For more information about how a lawyer can assist you, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 today for a free consultation.