Side impact collisions occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into side area of another. Also known as “T-bones,” broadside collisions, and sideswipe collisions, this particular type of crash often results in significant injury or death to the driver and/or occupants of both vehicles. Even worse, side impact collisions can be fatal even when the impacting vehicle is traveling at a moderate to low rate of speed.
Negligent Driving and Side Impact Collisions:
Side impact collisions are often caused by driver inattention. This is a form of negligent conduct for which the driver can—and should—be held accountable. Texting drivers may run a red light and into the side of a turning vehicle; drivers under the influence of alcohol may run a stop sign; or speeding drivers may carelessly try to make a light without looking.
Injuries Caused by Side Impact Collisions:
Even when side door airbags deploy upon impact, the occupants of a side impact crash are generally more prone to injuries than in other types of collisions. When a vehicle is struck from the front, the engine and driver “cage” absorbs much of the impact. And when a vehicle is struck from the rear, there is more space than just the minimal thinness of the vehicle door.
In a high-speed side impact crash, the entire body is at risk of injury. Injuries may include:
- Head injury – traumatic brain injury
- Neck injury – whiplash, nerve damage
- Back injury – sprains, disc and nerve damage
- Upper body injury – chest, muscles, shoulders, collarbone
- Extremities – arms and legs
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
Obtaining Compensation for Your Side Impact Crash Injuries in Denver:
It is advisable to consult with an experienced Denver car accident attorney to preserve your rights to fair compensation, which may include past and future medical expenses, lost income, economic losses, pain and suffering, property damage and more. Your attorney will review all of your legal options with you, so you can choose the one that is best for you and your family.