Few drivers think about the type of crash they’re involved in while the crash is happening. Categories don’t matter when your car is headed for a collision with another vehicle or a guard rail. But categories do matter in the aftermath of a crash.
The characteristics of an accident are considered in the drafting of design and safety regulations that keep you safe, the report written by the police department, the determination of the insurance company, and the court if you file suit for compensation for injuries and damages. One of the most common crash types is the angled collision.
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Angled collisions are different from side-impact collisions, though the two are similar. Angled collisions occur when two vehicles headed in the same direction collide or when a driver strikes a guard rail or other object at an angle. These crashes are more likely to happen in heavy traffic, particularly where vehicles are merging. One of the reasons angled accidents differ from front-end, head-on, or rear collisions is that the sides of vehicles often offer less protection than the front or rear.
One of the most critical safety measures offering protection in angled accidents are airbags. Unlike front airbags, side airbags serve a different purpose. Instead of arresting forward motion, side bags deploy in moderate to severe accidents to cushion an impact between occupants and glass, metal and other potentially dangerous materials in an impact. According to Autotrader, side airbags first began seeing widespread use in the mid-1990s. It was found in studies that while side-impact and angled accidents cause only about 25 percent of motor-vehicle accident injuries, they’re responsible for more than 35 percent of serious and fatal injuries.
While the range of motion of the human body is often exaggerated and pushed past normal limits in front or back collisions, side-impact injuries make the body move in directions and ways it was not designed to move. As a result, angled crashes expose people to a variety of injuries that are often serious:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Because of the position of the body, the head is extremely vulnerable in angled crashes. Any injury to the brain can be debilitating; and the impact of a head crashing into a side window or, in the worst case, another vehicle significantly raises the possibility of brain injuries. As the brain controls the body, any injury to the brain can affect the entire body.
- Spinal Injuries: In an angled crash, the spine often contorts upon impact. Because the spinal cord transfers messages from the brain to the rest of the body, any injury or disruption increases the potential for paralysis, or a shutdown of messages to parts of the body beneath the injured section.
- Broken Bones: While broken bones may seem relatively insignificant, they have the potential to be lifelong, debilitating injuries and may even lead to death in severe cases. With only a door and bag between a person and incoming vehicle, broken limbs, from legs to ribs to arms, occur frequently.
- Internal Injuries: Injuries to internal organs are often the most dangerous. Because these injuries are not visible, many times they are not detected until the damage is done. If an organ is injured severely enough, it impacts the other organs and rest of the body.
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If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an angled collision and seek legal assistance, Guajardo & Marks has the experience and resources to help. With more than 20 years’ legal experience practicing from offices in Dallas, Guajardo & Marks takes pride in serving our community, and we look forward to addressing your legal needs. If you have any questions or wish to set up a free evaluation, contact us online or call us at 972.774.9800.