Not all vehicle accidents are created equal. Head-on collisions tend to result in the most vehicular damage, and rear-end crashes are the most common; but it is side-impact wrecks that are the most likely to involve personal injury or death. Also referred to as broadside or T-bone, these angled collisions affect automotive parts that do not offer much protection to drivers or passengers. While a vehicle’s front and rear have crumple zones designed to redistribute the force of an impact, the sides do not. With little to absorb the transferred energy and the point of impact closer to the occupants, it’s easy to see why side crashes frequently result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a side-impact car crash, you need a highly qualified and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. The Dallas side- impact accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks can help determine if you have a legal claim and how much that claim may be worth. Contact the firm today for a free initial consultation by calling 1-972-534-2867 or filling out a case evaluation form.
Where Do Side-Impact Crashes Occur?
T-bone accidents commonly happen at intersections when drivers fail to yield and strike another vehicle, making downtown areas prime sites for side-impact crashes. Cross-current traffic patterns are also a staple of parking lots; although the vehicles are generally not traveling at a high rate of speed, serious injuries can still result. The grid design of many neighborhoods means drivers even have to navigate intersecting roads close to home. All of these scenarios carry a significant risk of secondary collisions resulting from the struck vehicle being knocked into oncoming traffic. Each successive hit is extremely dangerous to the occupants, because any airbags most likely deployed in the initial crash, leaving drivers and passengers particularly vulnerable.
Why Do Side-Impact Crashes Happen?
Under the law, a driver’s failure to use reasonable care when operating a vehicle is negligence. Examples of such careless behaviors that lead to side-impact collisions include:
- Driving while distracted (whether by passengers, food/drink, phones, etc.)
- Driving while tired
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Not following traffic signals
- Not using turn signals
- Not yielding the right of way
- Road rage
Accidents can be complicated and involve a variety of contributing factors in addition to driver error. Defective vehicle parts, improperly maintained vehicles, and weather conditions are just a few of the obstacles that can cause problems. At Guajardo & Marks, we have seen the devastating fallout from T-bone accidents. If you have been involved in a side-impact collision due to another party’s carelessness or recklessness, our Dallas vehicle accident attorneys will use our years of experience to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Even if you think you may be partially at fault, you may still be able to recover a percentage of your damages.
Common Side-Impact Crash Injuries
The force and location of vehicle collisions means that most T-bone accidents result in serious damage, such as:
- Back/spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Internal organ trauma
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Soft tissue injury
- Wrongful death.
Why Do You Need a Side-Impact Crash Lawyer?
The consequences of a T-bone collision can be disastrous for people who suffer major injuries and those who depend upon them. Medical bills, lost earnings due from time away from work, loss of work capacity (which hinders future ability to earn income), disability, pain, suffering, post-traumatic stress, and disfigurement are some of the financial burdens that can stem from a vehicle accident. When another driver’s negligence was the cause of your collision, you can seek compensation for these damages through a personal injury claim. While no amount of money can erase what happened to you, it can help ease financial worries so you can concentrate on putting your life back together. However, there’s a limited amount of time to file a legal claim after an accident occurs, so it is important to secure legal help as soon as possible.
An attorney will also deal with the inevitable nightmare created by the insurance companies who regularly deny and delay viable claims to try to keep payments to a minimum. Letting an attorney negotiate that hassle is the best way to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. Dallas personal injury lawyers Michael Guajardo and Greg Marks have decades of experience protecting the interests of injury and accident victims. Offering personal, compassionate service, they believe in making a positive impact in the lives of their clients and aim to make each one feel that their case is a priority. Resourceful and knowledgeable, they welcome clients from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the United States. For more information or to get help with a potential claim, call 1-972-774-9800 or fill out a case evaluation form.