When a vehicle is impacted on the side during an accident, the damage to both the vehicle and the occupants can be severe. Unlike front or rear-end impacts, there is little protection from the colliding vehicle for the driver and passengers of the vehicle. These accidents are also commonly referred to as "T-bone" or broadside accidents that most often occur at intersections. Victims of these types of accidents can have serious and even fatal injuries that can change their lives and their family's lives forever.
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Side impact crashes are considered one of the most dangerous types of auto accidents, responsible for 21% of all fatality vehicle accidents and 25% of non-fatal injury accidents. The lack of protection leaves occupants vulnerable, with a very small buffer zone and material between them and the striking vehicle. Even vehicles with side-impact air bags cannot completely protect occupants, especially when higher speeds are involved.
Causes Of Side Impact Crashes
Most side impact or "T-bone" accidents at intersections are the result of a driver failing to yield. Although many of these accidents occur at low speeds, the more deadly crashes happen when drivers are actually increasing their speed to get through the intersection. Some common scenarios that involve side impact accidents include:
- Left hand turns. Vehicles turning turning left can be side impacted by oncoming vehicles that are required to yield or by drivers that turn left and impact an oncoming vehicle when they fail to yield.
- Yellow/red traffic lights. Drivers who accelerate to try and make yellow-turning-red stoplights can cause serious side impact accidents.
- Running a stop sign/stop light. Distracted drivers who fail to stop at a controlled crossing can T-bone vehicles in the intersection.
- Uncontrolled intersections. The most dangerous areas for side impact accidents include uncontrolled intersections where a driver fails to slow or yield to crossing traffic.
- Highway accidents. Even on a highway or straight road, a side impact crash or “swipe” accident can happen if a reckless driver loses control of their vehicle.
Severe Side Impact Crash Injuries For All Occupants
Victims of a side impact vehicle crashes are likely to have serious injuries. Although the most vulnerable occupants are those seated on the struck side of the vehicle, all occupants are in danger of injury in a Chicago side impact accident. A study of side impact crashes in Australia revealed that of those that resulted in fatalities, 79% of those killed in these accidents were on the impacted side. However, 36% of the deceased were on the far-side of the vehicle. In addition, the study showed that victims on the far-side were more likely to have a head or brain injury than those on the near-side.
This study showed that severe and even fatal injuries occur in side impact crashes, regardless of where the occupants were seated. Some of the most common injuries from side impact accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spine
- Head injuries
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
Victims of a Chicago side impact crash are likely to need extensive medical care to recover from these accidents. There also may be injuries that are not apparent or are more severe than first diagnosed. It is important to have legal representation to ensure that victims are fully compensated for all aspects of their injuries, including future implications.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents drivers and passengers injured in side-impact auto accidents in Chicago and across Illinois. We understand the devastation a side impact accident can have on you and your family and work hard to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to discuss your legal rights concerning your car accident.
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