A side impact collision occurs when one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. Often called a T-bone collision or a broadside collision, this type of crash can be very dangerous because a car’s doors generally lack the substance needed to absorb the energy of a high speed crash. Even in a car with side airbags, it is difficult to completely safeguard drivers and passengers from a side impact crash. The limited material between the side of the vehicle and the vehicle’s occupants means that the front end of one car can actually enter into the passenger compartment of another.
According to the United States Office of Health, Safety, and Security, side impact crashes are responsible for over 9,000 deaths annually. Only head on collisions result in more deaths each year.
When a vehicle is hit squarely on its side doors, the vehicle’s occupants may suffer life threatening injuries or death. Brain injury, broken bones, paralysis, and spinal injury are just a few of the serious risks of a side impact collision.
Negligent driving is the root case of many broadside collisions. High speed driving, failing to obey traffic signals, and distracted driving are some of the unsafe driving behaviors that can lead to a side impact collision. Most side impact collisions occur at intersections, and it is common for the crashing car to fail to properly yield at a stop sign or red light and hit the side of a turning automobile.
The South Florida side impact attorneys at Anidjar & Levine have the experience and diligence necessary to help you after any type of car accident. Our attorneys work closely with each and every client in order to achieve the best legal result. Depending on the nature of your collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any permanent physical disability. A competent and zealous attorney can help you to determine what types of damages you may be able to collect after an accident.
From our Fort Lauderdale offices, the personal injury attorneys at Anidjar & Levine offer a free consultation to those seeking legal advice after an accident. Call 800-747-3733 or submit an on-line “Contact Us” form today.