Side impact collisions are responsible for over 9,000 fatalities each year, according to the United States Office of Health, Safety and Security.
It is important to note that despite continued advancements in motor vehicle design, the only type of auto accident that has a higher fatality rate than side impact crashes are head-on collisions.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a side impact collision that was caused by the actions or negligence of another driver, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses.
To find out more, please complete the “Free Case Review” form below.
Side Impact Collision Causes
A side impact collision occurs when the front of one vehicle hits the side of another. In addition to the high fatality rate, victims of this type of accident are very likely to suffer from serious and debilitating injuries.
Typically, these types of accidents happen due to driver negligence, however there can be other factors that are involved with weather conditions and vehicle failure being among the most common.
Understandably, most side impact collisions occur at busy intersections, where drivers are often faced with large volumes of on-coming traffic and small “windows” of time to move their vehicle through the intersection.
Also referred to as “T-bone” or “broadside” collisions, these types of accidents can be caused by any of the following:
- Driver negligence
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Failure to yield
- Ignoring “no turn on red” traffic signs
- High speeds
- Disregard of another driver’s right of way
In some instances, due to an obstruction at an intersection – like a large truck or other commercial vehicle, oncoming drivers simply do not see the vehicle that is turning across their path, until it is too late.
Injuries Resulting from Side Impact Collisions
Side impact wrecks usually result in more debilitating injuries than other types of car accidents due to the very nature of vehicle design. Car doors lack enough substance to absorb the energy of a high-impact, high speed car wreck. Because of the lack of substance, the front end of one vehicle often ends up entering the passenger compartment of the other involved in the accident.
The severity of injuries in a side impact collision, as with any other type of car accident, depends on where the vehicle was struck, the functionality of its safety features, the size of the vehicles involved in the wreck and how the frame of the car responds to the force of impact.
Some common injuries associated with North Carolina side impact collisions include (but are not limited to):
Here at our firm, we are compassionate to victims of side-impact crashes and understand the enormous financial strain that such accidents can put on families and those dependent on the injured.
With that in mind, our team of lawyers can help assemble all of the evidence necessary to provide a strong argument to obtain the MAXIMUM compensation for any damages that you may have received.
What Does It Cost To Hire Our Lawyers?
As responsible members of our local communities, we believe that everyone should have access to comprehensive legal counsel. In line with these values, we proudly offer free case evaluations to anyone who believes they have cause to file a personal injury lawsuit.
During an evaluation, one of our lawyers will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on the best course of action to take should you wish to pursue legal remedies for your condition.
We also operate on a “contingency fee basis“. This means if you choose to hire our firm to pursue legal recourse for your damages, there is never any cost to you unless we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim.
Contact Our North Carolina Side Impact Collision Attorney Today
With the help of a North Carolina auto accident attorney, you may be eligible to pursue both justice and compensation for losses incurred in a side impact collision. Injury victims may be able to recover damages from medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
At Lewis & Keller, we are committed to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured in North Carolina. If you have been injured by the actions or negligence of another person or entity, we believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your losses.
With over $10 MILLION in verdicts and settlements that have been won by our attorneys for our clients, we have the experience and determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
To find out more about the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina side impact collision victims, please contact us on 866-299-1769 – a member from our intake team is ready to take your call.
If you would prefer to start immediately, simply fill out and submit the “Free Case Review” form at the bottom of this page!