Side Impact Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact accident, it is essential is a good idea to speak to a Jacksonville car crash attorney who can help you understand your rights. At The Lawrence Law Group, we are committed to holding careless parties accountable for the harm that they cause. While no amount of money can change the fact that the accident happened, compensation may help deal with the bills that often pile up and give you a sense that justice has been served.Pursuing Compensation for a Side Impact Accident
A side impact collision, often known as a “broadside” accident or a “T-bone” accident, is a crash in which the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another. These types of accidents often happen at intersections, where cars are moving perpendicular to one another. Side impact wrecks may happen when drivers fail to yield, speed or drive aggressively, drive while intoxicated or impaired by drugs, or drive while overly fatigued, among other situations.
Unfortunately, side impact accidents are often devastating. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these collisions make up approximately 25 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities in the U.S. each year. There are fewer protections along the side of a car than in the front and the rear, so a driver or passenger may suffer the force of the impact more directly than in other types of collisions.
When a driver’s carelessness causes a side impact collision, that driver may be legally responsible for any resulting harm under the theory of negligence. All drivers owe other people a duty to drive in a reasonable and cautious manner to prevent foreseeable injuries. For example, a driver who runs a red light and causes a side impact accident would be legally responsible for any resulting harm because a sensible and cautious driver would understand the importance of obeying traffic rules, even if they were in a hurry.
If an injured person can establish the other driver’s failure to drive safely, the injured person will be able to recover damages. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, and disability are among the types of damages that can be recovered. In cases in which a person has sustained long-term injuries, it is important to consider any surgical expenses, household assistance, or other costs that may accumulate in the future.
If you have lost a loved one in a side impact collision, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. In Florida, wrongful death claims are applicable when someone dies due to the neglect of another driver. Wrongful death claims allow surviving family members to obtain reimbursement for the emotional harm caused by the death along with medical expenses, funeral costs, and the loss of that person’s income.Discuss Your Side Impact Accident With a Jacksonville Attorney
You have rights to assert if you have been struck by a careless driver. At The Lawrence Law Group, our experienced Jacksonville lawyers can evaluate the facts of your case and develop a strong legal strategy. Our lawyers used to represent insurance companies and, as a result, we have insight on how the insurer will view your claim. We can assist people who need a motor vehicle collision attorney in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Columbia, Suwannee, Lafayette, Hamilton, Jefferson, Baker, Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, Brevard, and Union Counties. For a free consultation, call us at 904-632-0077 or contact us online.