Side Impact Collisions
Side impact crashes accounted for 27 percent of all vehicle occupant deaths in 2009. Second only to head-on collisions, side impact crashes are the most deadly type of car accidents occurring on the roads today. The Side Impact Accident Attorneys in Miami at Hannon Legal Group have successfully litigated serious injury and wrongful death cases resulting from side impact car accidents all over Florida.
Also known as T-bone crashes, side angle crashes or broadside collisions, side impact collisions happen when one car collides into the side of another. Most of these motor vehicle accidents occur at very high rates of speed at busy intersections when someone has negligently run a red light or failed to stop at a stop sign. When an SUV, pickup truck or tractor-trailer is involved in a side impact collision with a smaller vehicle, the results can be particularly catastrophic, often killing the occupants.
Because the sides of an automobile lack the same protection as the front or rear, being hit from the side leaves passengers largely unprotected and particularly vulnerable to severe bodily injury and death. Side impact airbags, although available on some car models, do not come standard on most vehicles.
As a result, injuries from side impact collisions are often debilitating and may result in permanent disability. These injuries include hip or pelvic fractures, broken neck, broken or crushed bones, chest injury, brain injury, organ damage, soft tissue damage, spinal cord injury, paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Some vehicles do not provide the occupants with the level of protection that is standard in the automobile industry. When serious injury or death results from a manufacturing or design defect, a products liability law suit may be filed on behalf of the injured victim or the estate of a deceased victim.
Victims of side impact crashes may be able to receive substantial compensation for their injuries by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, or as indicated above, a product defect lawsuit. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages as well as for pain and suffering.
If you have been injured or if someone you know has been injured or killed in a side impact collision, the Miami, Fl. Car Accident Lawyers at Hannon Legal Group are here to help. Our Miami, Florida accident lawyers work with top accident reconstruction experts, human factors experts and damages expert witnesses whenever necessary, to prove liability and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. At Hannon Legal Group, our attorneys are well-versed in automobile accident litigation and will vigorously enforce your legal rights anywhere in the state of Florida. Contact our office today for a free consultation or call (866) 835-6872.