A side-impact collision is more commonly referred to as a T-bone or broadside accident and typically involves the front end of one motor vehicle striking the side of another. In many cases, side-impact collisions have greater chances of causing serious injury because the doors of the motor vehicle being struck usually do not offer the same level of protection as to the front and rear ends.
A T-bone accident is usually the result of a driver’s negligence, and one or both of the motorist at fault can be liable for the damages resulting from the accident. The insurance company for the negligent driver, however, is very likely to challenge any assertion that its client is to blame and will likely try to assign as much blame to victims as possible.
If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a side-impact crash in Georgia, it is in your best interest to retain legal representation. The Balams Firm represents clients injured in auto accidents in Milton, Forest Park, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Riverdale, Norcross, Alpharetta, Roswell, College Park, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, East Point, Decatur, and many other surrounding areas.
ReShea Balams is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Atlanta who can fight to get all of the compensation you are entitled to for medical bill, lost wages, and other damages. She can review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (404) 445-2005 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.
Georgia T-Bone Collisions Information Center
The most common causes of side-impact crashes usually involve some traffic violation. Negligent drivers may have failed to yield the right of way, disobeyed traffic lights or traffic signs, or made an improper turn.
Intersections are common sites of T-bone crashes. When one driver causes a side-impact collision in Georgia, he or she will be liable to the victims for damages.
Other possible causes of T-bone collisions include, but are not limited to:
When a motor vehicle is struck on its side, the occupants of the automobile can be susceptible to catastrophic injuries because of the damage caused. Victims who are seated closer to the side of impact often suffer the worst of the injuries.
In some cases, victims suffer serious fractures (broken bones) that can take months to heal, but ultimately do involve recovery. Some other kinds of injuries, however, carry much longer-lasting consequences.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, and paraplegia are three examples of other types of injuries which can require far more rehabilitation and less chance for complete recovery. In many cases, victims are unable to return to their jobs and may be completely unable to maintain any gainful employment.
“Side Impact Motor Vehicle Crashes: Driver, Passenger, Vehicle and Crash Characteristics for Fatally and Nonfatally-Injured Rear-Seated Adults” | Injury Epidemiology 3 (2016) — View the full text of a study that examines passenger, driver, vehicle and crash characteristics for rear-seated adult occupants involved in side crashes. The study noted another study which found that same side crashes had a higher serious injury and fatality rates compared to other crash types. The study found that rear-seated occupants on the same side as the crash impact were more likely to be severely or fatally injured than occupants seated on the opposite side.
Passenger vehicle occupants | Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) — The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage from motor vehicle crashes. On this section of the IIHS website, you can view statistics relating to occupant deaths in automobile accidents. According to IIHS, side-impact crashes caused 35 percent of occupant fatalities in multiple-vehicle crashes and 29 percent of deaths in all crashes.
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a side-impact crash in Georgia? Make sure you contact The Balams Firm before speaking to an insurance company or signing any paperwork.
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