Side-impact accidents can cause extensive damage to your vehicle and serious injuries. Another driver’s negligence can cause you to put your life on pause. You may not be able to work because you’re injured. Victims of side-impact accidents may not be able to pay their mounting medical bills.
Discuss Your Case With a Side-Impact Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one have sustained injuries due to a side-impact accident, an attorney can help you pursue financial compensation for your losses. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain, suffering, and more. Contact the skilled attorneys at Saeedian Law Group to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options.
What Is a Side-Impact Collision?
Side-impact accidents are more recognizable by their common name of “T-bone crashes.” Side-impact collisions are among the most common car accidents in the United States. T-bone collisions typically occur when one vehicle strikes another vehicle directly on its side at a 90-degree angle.
The vehicle struck in a side-impact collision is particularly vulnerable due to the brutal force and lack of protection. T-bone collisions can result in a serious injury or death due to the direct, violent nature of the collision. The potential for catastrophic injuries is high and nearly guaranteed in side-impact collisions, especially when high speeds are involved.
Many Side-Impact Accidents Are Caused By Negligence
Most side-impact collisions are preventable and involve negligence. A driver’s negligence plays a significant role in many side-impact collisions. Negligent driving involves a failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. For example, a driver who fails to stop at a four-way stop because he is texting is driving negligently. If that driver causes a side-impact collision, he will be liable for the victim’s injuries. The most recurring reason for side-impact collisions involves the following types of negligence:
- Distracted driving
- Running a red light
- Merging without ensuring the lane is clear
- Making an illegal U-turn
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to yield the right away
- Reckless driving
- Failure to follow other traffic laws
- Failure to come to a complete stop at a four-way intersection
- Running red lights
- Rolling through stop signs, also called “California stops”
- Defective vehicle parts
- Failure to drive safely in inclement weather that limits visibility or driving ability
Side-Impact Collisions Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Side impact collisions are some of the most dangerous car accidents that occur on California’s roadway. When a driver collides with a side of another vehicle, the passenger or passengers on that side of the vehicle are vulnerable. When the force of the collision is strong enough, the impacted vehicle can completely crumple the side barrier, entering the passenger’s physical space and causing physical injuries. Injuries in side-impact collisions typically range from moderate to fatal, specifically:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including full or partial paralysis
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Dislocated or deranged joints
- Muscle strains or sprains
- Lacerations and cuts
- Facial injuries, such as dental or eye injuries
- Disfiguring and painful scarring
- Internal injuries, including damaged, bruised, or lacerated organs
- Wrongful death
The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Attorney
Dealing with a personal injury lawsuit may seem overwhelming, especially after being seriously injured in a car accident. There are many processes and legal rules you’ll need to follow, even if you simply want to negotiate a settlement. There’s always a possibility that your case could go to trial, and it’s important that you are prepared for trial should it become necessary. Working with an experienced attorney will help you navigate the process smoothly while protecting your rights. Your attorney will be able to answer any questions you have and handle your case for you while you focus on your recovery.
How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
If you’ve been injured in a side-impact collision, you may be wondering what your case is worth and whether it’s worth the time and stress of pursuing a claim for damages. Each personal injury case is different, and the case has value depending on multiple factors, including the severity of the victim’s injuries. Speaking with an experienced attorney is one of the best ways to estimate what your case is worth. We know how to negotiate aggressively with insurance companies and defendants to pursue the total amount of compensation our clients deserve.
Compensation Available in Personal Injury Cases
Under California law, plaintiffs in personal injury cases can pursue economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easily quantifiable damages caused by a victim’s injuries. Non-economic damages are less easy to quantify and include damages like pain and suffering. Successful plaintiffs in personal injury cases are entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Past and future medical expenses related to your injury
- Property damage, such as the cost of repairing or replacing your damaged vehicle
- Lost wages, including compensation for a loss of future earning capacity
- Compensation for your pain and suffering, including physical and mental distress
When car accident victims are severely injured, the bulk of their claim typically constitutes medical expenses. The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group will carefully evaluate your case and work with financial experts to determine the full extent of your current and future expenses, including your medical expenses. You can pursue the following types of medical expenses:
- Ambulance bills
- Hospital bills, including surgery bills
- Rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy
- Consultations with specialists
- In-home care services
- Psychiatric counseling for symptoms of trauma from car accidents
- Durable medical equipment
You can pursue punitive damages when the defendant acted maliciously or willfully when causing the collision that resulted in your injuries. California courts have the authority to award additional punitive damages to punish the defendant for wrongdoing and discourage others from acting similarly in the future.
Contact a Side-Impact Accident Attorney in California
If you sustained injuries in a side-impact collision in California, Saeedian Law Group can help you pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve for your losses. We’ve successfully obtained millions of dollars in compensation for clients who’ve been injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation.