If you have been in any type of car accident, you know that the injuries that can occur are no laughing matter. Even a slight side-impact crash can have serious consequences for those inside. If you are suffering from the injuries associated with this kind of accident, you may have legal recourse. Read on to learn more.
How Side-Impact Accidents Occur
Side-impact car accidents often occur at intersections in which one vehicle runs a red light or stop sign, resulting in one car "T-boning" the other. Many people are unable to see the car coming or are unable to do anything about it. These accidents can occur quite quickly and without warning.
Side-impact accidents can be especially difficult to contend with because they leave you defenseless in some regards. For example, many cars offer no side air bag protection. Older cars can be especially dangerous to drive because they are lacking key safety features that would protect against head injuries.
Who Is At Risk for Side-Impact Injuries
Passengers who sit in the back of the vehicle may be more prone to serious injury. After all, the rear seats don't have the same types of air bags found in the front of the vehicle. Fewer safety features in the back leaves passengers vulnerable.
What Injuries Occur After a Side-Impact Accident
Injuries to the head, neck, ribs, back, and legs are common from side-impact accidents. The severity of the injuries depends on many factors, including the vehicle's safety, the speed of the vehicles, and the type of impact. Side-impact accidents can push the body in one direction, impacting it differently than a head-on or rear-end accident.
Some of the injuries that occur are emotional in nature. They may involve post-traumatic stress disorder because of the way in which the accident happens. The people in the car are often caught off guard, and it can be frightening to be back in a vehicle once again.
Call a Car Accident Attorney
Medical bills are expensive, and you may need help covering them if you are unable to work and insurance isn't helping matters. A personal injury lawsuit will help you recover medical bills in addition to lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, and disability. It may even cover some types of property damage.
Call a car accident attorney when you feel you need legal assistance. You can count on our attorneys to provide you with the legal assistance necessary to pursue a lawsuit in which you can recoup some of your medical fees.