Side impact collisions occur when the vehicle in which you are a driver or passenger gets struck from the side. These collisions often occur at red lights and stop signs when the other vehicle disregards the traffic signal, resulting in a “T-bone” crash where the front of their vehicle strikes the side of yours. For a number of reasons, side impact collisions frequently lead to catastrophic injuries and even death.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a side impact collision, a side impact collision lawyer in Florida from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover damages. After a severe car accident injury, you may be facing high medical bills, extended time away from work, and other costs. We make sure the responsible party, not you, bears those costs.
To schedule a free case evaluation with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, call 1-800-747-3733 today.
Why Side Impact Collisions Occur
Side impact collisions are common, and they can occur in a number of settings, including intersections, parking lots, residential streets, and even highways and interstates. They happen most often in places where cars travel perpendicularly to one another, such as four-way stops.
But side impact collisions can also occur between parallel-traveling vehicles when one driver fails to look before changing lanes and “sideswipes” the other car. This type of side impact collision, according to the NHTSA data, accounts for a much lower percentage of fatalities and injuries than “T-bone” or broadside crashes.
Why do side impact collisions happen? For a number of reasons:
- Distracted driving — for instance, a driver picks up their phone to look at a text and fails to notice a light turning red.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol — which dulls reflexes and slows reaction times.
- Reckless driving.
- Poor visibility — for instance, due to an afternoon downpour or a poorly lit road at night.
No matter how your side impact collision happened, a side impact collision lawyer in Florida from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can hold the responsible party liable and help you recover damages. Call 1-800-747-3733 today for a free consultation.
How an Attorney Can Help You Recover Damages for a Side Impact Collision
If you suffered injuries in a side impact collision, an attorney from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover damages from the responsible party and their insurer. To do this, we must prove the party behaved negligently and that you incurred damages as a result. This process requires us to establish four criteria:
The Responsible Party Owed You a Duty of Care
All licensed drivers in Florida — and indeed in the entire country — have an implied duty of care to operate their vehicles safely and reasonably and to watch out for other motorists and pedestrians.
The Responsible Party Breached Their Duty of Care
If the driver who struck your vehicle violated a traffic law or exhibited any of the behaviors described in the previous section, we can use it as evidence that they breached their duty of care as a licensed driver.
The Responsible Party’s Breach Caused Your Injury
Drawing upon a number of forms evidence, including police reports, accident reports, medical records, doctors’ statements, accident reconstruction, and expert witness testimony, we can connect the other driver’s breach of duty to your injury and show it more likely than not that a cause-and-effect link exists.
Your Injury Caused You to Incur Damages
Lastly, we must show that your injury caused you to incur actual damages. These can be economic (e.g., medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity) or non-economic (e.g., pain and suffering and inconvenience). Once we have itemized your damages, we will pursue the responsible party and their insurer for the full amount.
Why You Should Speak With an Attorney Before Speaking With the Insurance Company
Do not be surprised if you receive a phone call from the other driver’s insurance company within a few days of your accident. Perhaps they have already contacted you.
Do not take this call before speaking with an attorney. Speaking with an insurance company rep after a car accident is like talking to the police when you are the suspect in a crime. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
You never know when an innocuous statement might get twisted around and taken out of context and used to suggest that you were at fault for the crash or that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
The insurance company may offer you a quick settlement. With increasing medical bills and other, it can be tempting to take. But if you accept the insurer’s first offer, you will leave money on the table, money that is rightfully yours. Our car accident lawyers can help you recover the fair compensation you deserve.
Call 1-800-747-3733 Today for a Free Consultation With the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
The side impact collision lawyer in Florida at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and inconvenience, and other damages. The Florida Statute of Limitations on car accident injuries is four years. If we need to, we can file a quick lawsuit to avoid any issues with this deadline.
We are eager to hear from you and to start working on your case right away. For a free consultation, call our office at 1-800-747-3733.