A side-impact collision can change everything. This type of accident often comes without warning, when one vehicle crossing an intersection gets hit by another vehicle that should have stopped but didn’t. Because the side of a vehicle is often the most vulnerable place, these sudden accidents can be deadly and devastating. Even at low speeds, a side-impact collision can cause severe injuries or death.
The most common injuries in these accidents include whiplash, concussion, and spinal injuries. One of the worst aspects of a side-impact collision is that the occupant’s seatbelt may be rendered useless. Because there are few requirements for side safety features written into the law, there may not be many barriers to protect a vehicle’s occupant from a sudden side collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact accident, or in any accident, you may be eligible for a personal injury claim. Contact an experienced attorney to see if you have a case. Many attorneys will offer a free consultation, so you don’t have to commit to making a case simply because you go to see a lawyer. With over 30 years of experience, The Chris J. Roy Law Firm will help you get what you deserve. Contact us today for a no-charge review of your accident.
Effects of Side-Impact Crashes
Side-impact crashes can be some of the most devastating. These accidents account for about a quarter of passenger deaths in the U.S. One of the reasons for this is that side-impact collisions, unlike other collisions, don’t have much space to absorb the impact of an accident. (For example, in a frontal impact, the car’s engine and body should be able to cushion the vehicle’s occupants from the worst effects of the crash. But with side-impacts, the car door and window are the only barriers.)
Seatbelts are also less effective in side-impact collisions than they are in other collisions. The seatbelt may not be able to protect a driver from the impact, simply because of the angle of the crash. The seatbelt is designed to stop a vehicle’s occupant from being flung forward or backward, but it’s not as effective at preventing movement from side to side. This is another potential cause of more severe injuries.
Preventing Side-Impact Injuries
As with any accident, the best way to prevent a side-impact collision is to practice safe driving habits. Follow the rules of the road. Pay extra attention before pulling out into any intersection. Come to a full stop and check for oncoming traffic at any stop sign.
Side-impact injuries can be mitigated by making sure your vehicle is equipped with side airbags. There is not much standardization of requirements for side safety features on vehicles, so it would be a good idea to make sure you check for side safety arrangements when selecting a new vehicle.
As we all know, there is no way to guard one hundred percent against injury. The only way to be completely safe from a negligent driver is to never go out on the road. But with safe driving practices, good habits, and extra care during the buying process, you can make yourself as safe as possible from harm.
What are Your Options?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side-impact crash, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. This should at least cover any medical costs you may have incurred in the accident, along with any pain and suffering you may have experienced.
If you are thinking about filing a suit for personal injury, you should make sure you get in touch with an experienced attorney. A good attorney already knows the insurance companies’ tactics in cases like these and will be able to guide you through the process. An attorney you can trust will give you an honest evaluation of the chances of success in your case. Many attorneys offer a free consultation. Take advantage of this opportunity to see if this is the person you want to represent you in court.
At the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm in Alexandria, Louisiana, we have been proudly serving our community for nearly 30 years. We have the resources to handle the large cases but the integrity to treat clients like the individuals they are. With knowledge and experience in a variety of personal injury situations, we offer you your best chance at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. For answers to your questions or to set up a no-charge, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call us today.
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