Side-impact collisions are the result of one vehicle driving directly into the side of another. This type of crash is commonly referred to as a broadside collision or T-bone collision. When side-impact collisions occur, occupants in the broadsided vehicle may be less protected by seat belts and airbags than in other types of crashes, such as front or rear-end collisions. The body can get violently jerked in a sideways direction or be thrown against a car’s interior.
Common injuries from side-impact accidents include:
- Chest and abdominal injuries. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), side-impact collisions can injure the lungs, ribs, heart, liver, spleen, bladder, kidneys, and aorta.
- Head injuries. Jolts or blows to the head experienced during a collision can lead to serious head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Head injuries can cause a temporary or prolonged loss of consciousness, coma, and vegetative state. TBIs can result in confusion, loss of coordination, and permanent mental and physical disabilities.
- Neck and back injuries. A side-impact crash can injure the neck and back and cause sprains, strains, and breaks.
- Spinal cord injuries. A collision may also cause damage to the spinal cord, which runs through the neck and back. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in people under age 65. Spinal injuries may result in total or partial paralysis
Of course, side-impact accident injuries are not limited to those listed above. Accident victims may also suffer from broken bones, burns, cuts, bruising, and injuries to the face and limbs. Sometimes, broadside collision injuries result in death.
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Seeking Compensation for Your Accident
Recovering from common injuries from side-impact accidents may require extensive medical care. If another person caused your crash, you might be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and more.
If another driver caused your crash because of negligent driving, you might be able to file a claim with their insurance provider. However, insurance claims and negotiations can get complicated, and insurers could look for reasons to extend you a low-ball offer or refute your claims. In some instances, the driver who hit you may not have insurance or their coverage may not be enough to cover your damages. When this happens, an attorney may be able to help you take your case to court.
A lawyer can help you fight for:
- Reimbursement of your medical bills, including future care needs like physical therapy
- Compensation for your lost wages and money to help with your household expenses
- Awards to help pay for damages to your vehicle
- Awards for your emotional suffering and physical pain
- Compensation for your deceased loved one’s accident-related expenses
If you are looking for responsive legal care, look no further than the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. We want to help you quickly and efficiently receive the compensation you need to heal. To find out more about how we can help, call 1-800-747-3733.