A side-impact collision is typically defined as a crash where one vehicle collides with another vehicle at close to a 90-degree angle. These collisions are also commonly referred to as “T-bone accidents” or “broadside crashes.”
Victims of side-impact collisions can sustain serious, even life-threatening, injuries as a result of the force exerted in the crash. The sides are one of the most vulnerable parts of a vehicle’s structure. Many older cars and trucks lack side air bags to protect occupants in broadside accidents, and seat belts usually provide less protection in side-impact crashes than they do in other situations. The result is that many people are seriously injured or killed in T-bone accidents each year in South Carolina.
At the Louthian Law Firm, we know the devastation a serious personal injury can cause. Our experienced South Carolina auto accident lawyers can help you secure the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Contact the Louthian Law Firm in Columbia today toll free at (803) 454-1200 for a free evaluation of your case. You can also fill out our online contact form. There is no fee unless you recover on your claim.
Causes of T-Bone or Broadside Car Crashes
As with most types of accidents, there are a number of different ways in which a side-impact collision can occur. The majority of side-impact collisions, however, happen at intersections when one driver fails to yield for oncoming traffic.
Some of the more common situations that may lead to a broadside collision include:
- Aggressive or reckless driving — Speeding, traveling too fast for conditions, weaving in and out of traffic — these are all actions that can lead to a side-impact collision.
- Impaired driving — Whether under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an impaired driver can fail to recognize the need to stop at an intersection, leading to a broadside collision.
- Distracted driving — A leading cause of all types of accidents, distracted driving leads motorists to divert their attention away from the road and traffic, which could lead to a T-bone accident.
- Drowsy driving — A fatigued driver may nod off and fail to stop or fail to even see an approaching intersection.
- Weather conditions — A driver who is not paying enough attention to how slick the road is may not allow sufficient time to stop when approaching an intersection, causing a T-bone accident in the intersection.
Compensation in a South Carolina Side-Impact Accident
Side-impact collisions often cause serious, life-changing injuries. The force of the impact in a broadside crash is frequently enough to cause serious back, neck and head injuries. When one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, the driver and/or passengers on that side of the vehicle sustain a “direct hit,” which can cause serious injuries. While many new cars are equipped with side air bags, the sides of most vehicles provide less structural protection in a crash.
Along with the physical injuries suffered in a T-bone crash, victims may also have to live with the psychological trauma caused by the collision for the rest of their lives. If another driver was at fault in the collision, victims could be entitled to compensation for both the economic and non-economic damages that stem from the crash. Economic damages are things such as medical bills, the cost of repairs to the vehicle and lost earnings. Non-economic damages are what most people know as “pain and suffering” and are intended to compensate a victim for the emotional injuries suffered in a personal injury accident.
Injured in a Broadside Wreck? Our Columbia Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
There is no substitute for proper legal help when making a South Carolina car accident claim. The Louthian Law Firm has been helping South Carolinians since 1959 by providing experienced, aggressive representation in settlement negotiations and at trial. We will be happy to meet with you for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. In fact, you will not pay any fees until we win your case.
Call our Columbia side-impact accident lawyers today toll free at (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation today.