Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents, most commonly occur at intersections and in parking lots when the front or back of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. Because of the abrupt impact and angle of these collisions, drivers sustain some of the most severe auto accident injuries. A Lafayette car accident lawyer at our firm can help you seek compensation if you are in this challenging situation.
While front impact vehicular accidents have experienced a decline over the past few decades, side impact crash fatalities have increased by twenty percent. Over this time, vehicle design has evolved in such a way as to lessen the severity of head-on collisions, but side impact crashes still remain very deadly. On average, there is only eight inches of steel to protect drivers and passengers from the destruction of a side impact collision. Side impact crashes are among the deadliest for children, accounting for thirty-three percent child crash fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), injuries to childrens’ heads account for some of the most severe and fatal injuries and account for ninety-five percent of all injuries sustained.
Based in the Lafayette area, the car accident lawyers at Broussard & David have experience representing victims of T-bone accidents. Our attorneys know that a car accident can seriously affect a victim’s quality of life. After an accident, we work to help victims and their families heal and obtain the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.
Side impact collisions are almost always caused by driver negligence. After a side impact accident, it is important to call 911 so the police can investigate the cause of the accident. Although police officers at the scene of the accident do not always accurately determine fault in the report, the details following the accident may help the parties assign fault in a later lawsuit. Often, negligence can easily be proved by the details of the accident alone, particularly if the person failed to yield at a stop sign or traffic light.
Due to the nature of a side impact collision, injuries tend to be severe. In fact, side-impact collisions are the leading cause of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. Until recently, motor vehicles were not designed to protect against the dangers of T-bone crashes. In a side-impact collision, only a door and window separate the driver from the other driver’s vehicle. The collisions also tend to occur at higher speeds and varying angles. The unexpected jolt of a side impact collision often leads to serious back injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, head injuries or paralysis.
At Broussard & David, our experienced Lafayette car accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights against negligent drivers and their insurance carriers. We have the knowledge and ability to successfully handle cases involving side-impact crashes. Before fighting with an insurance company over your right to compensation, contact a qualified side-impact collision lawyer who can help you determine your legal rights. We aggressively work to obtain adequate compensation for our clients.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a side-impact collision in the Lafayette area, call the car accident attorneys at Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-337-2323 (local) for a complimentary consultation.