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Side Impact Auto Accidents

By Steve Charpentier on March 15, 2013

Any type of auto accident can cause significant property damage and serious injuries, but side impact car accidents tend to be particularly devastating. All too often, drivers and passengers involved in side impact crashes suffer permanent disability or death, and these accidents often leave vehicles totaled. At Charpentier Law Firm, our Melbourne personal injury attorneys have handled side impact auto accident cases for our clients. We have successfully obtained compensation to cover the losses and expenses incurred by those involved in serious auto accidents. For a review of your case, contact Charpentier Law Firm today.

Causes of Side Impact Auto Accidents

A side impact auto accident, which is also called a broadside or T-bone collision, refers to a crash in which the front-end of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. A side impact accident can also occur when a car hits a fixed object, such as a tree or light pole. Side impact accidents may occur when:

  • A driver crosses an intersection at the same time as another vehicle
  • A driver pulls out of a driveway or parking lot in front of an oncoming vehicle
  • A driver makes a right or left turn in the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • A driver loses control of the vehicle and smashes into a stationary object

Common Injuries in Side Impact Auto Accidents

Side impact collisions tend to result in serious injuries and even death. In fact, they are the second most deadly type of auto accident (head-on accidents have the highest death rate). The severity of injuries depends on the speed of the oncoming vehicle, and the area of the car that was hit. Accidents that involve lower speeds and impact at the hood or trunk of the broadsided car will generally result in less damage. The injuries that may occur as a result of a side impact collision include brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken or fractured bones, and internal bleeding.

Proving Fault in Side Impact Auto Accidents

In the course of our investigation of your case, our Melbourne auto accident attorneys will determine if the other driver committed any traffic violations that contributed to the side impact collision. We will also check to see if a lack of roads signs or traffic lights, improper road signage, or poor road conditions caused the crash. Finally, our team of experts will examine your vehicle to find out if any defects played a role in the crash.
The driver of the vehicle may be held liable for damages if he or she:

  • Ran a red light
  • Failed to yield the right of way
  • Failed to stop at a stop sign
  • Was distracted by a cell phone, the radio, or another person in the vehicle
  • Was speeding
  • Was under the influence of alcohol or drugs

In addition, a local agency may be held accountable if the following are found at the site of the accident:

  • Lack of traffic lights or stop signs at a busy intersection
  • Improper roads signs
  • Lack of road signs
  • Poor road conditions

The designer, manufacturer, or wholesaler of the vehicle or its part may be held accountable if defects contributed to the side impact collision.

For an evaluation of your side impact auto accident case, contact our Melbourne attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm.

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