Side-impact collisions, or T-bone accidents, are a common form of motor vehicle accidents. Although common, side-impact collisions can be one of the most dangerous types of accidents, causing serious and even life-threatening injuries. The reason for the severity of injuries is that a typical T-bone accident involves the front of one vehicle slamming into the side of the other vehicle, often at an intersection, and directly impacting the driver or passenger. When it is the front of a truck that hits a compact car, the side-impact collision can be deadly.
More often than not, the cause of a side-impact accident is negligence on the part of the driver. For example, a driver may overlook or ignore a stop sign or blow through a red light, causing them to collide with the vehicle having the right of way. This failure to stop usually means the driver is coming at an accelerated speed and hitting a car that is just starting to advance from a stopped position. It is this difference in speed that causes the unequal force upon impact that leads to significant injuries.
Your Legal Right to Compensation
According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading factor in T-bone accidents are traffic control signals. Thus, it should come as no surprise that over half of all fatal motor vehicle accidents are caused by a driver ignoring or failing to see a stop sign. Other common factors include drunken driving, the driver being distracted (such as by a phone), speeding and falling asleep at the wheel.
All of these causes are related to driver negligence. When your side-impact collision accident injuries were caused by another driver’s negligent action, then you have the right to seek compensation for your loss. This includes medical expenses, vehicle damage, future medical expenses, therapy, loss of wages, future loss of wages and pain and suffering – to name only a few of the types of damages that may be awarded.
To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your T-bone accident injuries, it is advised that you seek the advice of an experienced side-impact collision attorney. Since 1977, James Cunningham has been helping motor vehicle accident victims receive justice and fair compensation for their T-bone accident injuries. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your side-impact collision injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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