Side impact car accidents cause serious injuries and even death, and it
is easy to understand why. First and foremost, there is very little protection
on the sides of a
motor vehicle. Secondly, vehicle occupants are very close to the side windows. Lastly,
the vehicle colliding into the other car’s side make impact only
mere inches away from where the occupant is sitting. Compare this to rear
end collisions where the impact occurs many feet away from where the occupants sit.
Experienced Ellenville motor vehicle accident attorneys have seen side impact car accident victims have their bodies tossed around
like rag dolls when the collision occurred. Victim’s faces, hands,
and arms are frequently lacerated from projectile shards of glass and
plastic. Bones fracture from the impact and even from being tossed around
so violently. Every and any bone can be affected; hands, arms, legs, the
neck, ribs, and spine vertebra can all break when one is involved in a
side impact car accident. In the most serious cases, the vehicle occupants
might die. Some side impact collisions are simply too violent for airbags
and seat belts to protect occupants from such tragic consequences. Other
types of side impact
car accident injuries are:
- Muscle tears;
- Muscle sprains;
- Herniated disks;
- Organ bruising and or punctures;
- Skull fractures;
- Brain bleeding;
Traumatic brain injury;
- Eye damage/retina separation;
- Memory loss; and
As readers scan this writing, they are probably picturing a side impact
collision. Call them t-bone accidents or broadside accidents if you wish.
But whatever theses collisions are called, they are often caused by the
same type of negligent acts and or omissions. Consider the following short
list about common causes of side impact
motor vehicle accidents.
- Turning left in front of oncoming traffic: In these instances the vehicle
making the turn did so without having enough time to clear the roadway
before being struck by oncoming vehicles. This can be due to simply failing
to look for oncoming traffic or from simple miscalculation of the oncoming
vehicle’s speed and distance.
- Failure to stop for red traffic signals: These instances of negligence
cause the offending driver to plow into the vehicles driving through the
intersection. These accidents can and do happen at high rates of speeds.
- Driver inattention: This can be due to just mere inattention, or because
of texting or talking on a cell phone.
intoxication and or impairment by use of alcohol and or drugs: In these cases, the side impact car accident occurs because the driver’s
cognitive and or motor functioning is spoiled by the foreign substance.
Learn about many of the other causes of car accidents and the types of
injuries they cause in
our article available here. Read about damages in rear-end car accidents and the injuries they cause
in our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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