Side impact collisions, especially same-side collisions where the at-fault motorist hits the same side of the vehicle as the occupant, can be extremely dangerous. If another driver failed to yield in a Birmingham intersection and caused a T-bone car accident that led to your personal injuries and losses, you may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you suffered.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158 for a free review of your case. We can help you understand your right to hold the at-fault driver liable and seek a financial recovery based on the facts of your personal injury case. We handle these cases based on contingency, so you will pay nothing out-of-pocket and owe no attorney’s fees unless we recover a payout for you.
Side Impact Collisions Can Cause Serious Injuries, Death
Side impact collisions are extremely dangerous. This type of T-bone accident caused almost a quarter of all car accident deaths nationwide in 2018, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There are fewer crumple zones and less space between the car occupants and the impact of the collision in a side impact.
This is especially true in what are known as same-side or near-side side impact collisions, meaning the car hit on the same side of the vehicle as the occupant. This often refers to auto accidents where the impact occurs near the driver’s door, although it can refer to passengers in passenger-side impacts, as well.
“Injuries in Near-Side Collisions,” published in the Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, was a near-side side impact collision study done before side impact airbags were widely included as standard equipment.
This study found the most commonly injured areas of the body in these car wrecks included:
- Chest and abdomen
- Head and face
- Pelvis and legs
- Neck and spine
In deadly accidents, according to the study, the most common fatal injuries affected the:
- Thoracic aorta
Thankfully, technology has improved the safety of vehicles in side impact collisions over the last 10 to 15 years. Safety features including side curtain airbags are now standard in new vehicles, and some car crashes which previously would have been deadly are now survivable.
However, these are still very dangerous wrecks, and serious injuries–including traumatic brain injuries, neck and spine injuries, internal injuries, and broken bones–still occur. If you suffered injuries in an accident, a Birmingham side impact collisions lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help. Call (205) 380-4158 now for your free case review.
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Gathering Evidence to Support Your Car Accident Claim
Side impact collisions generally occur because a driver fails to yield the right of way to another. This often happens in an intersection, such as when one runs a red light or stop sign. It can also occur when someone is pulling out of a parking lot or driveway and fails to see oncoming traffic.
Without eyewitnesses, video of the accident, or other evidence to confirm, it can sometimes be difficult to determine who had the right of way in this type of vehicle accident. When we take on a side-impact collision case, we will work to secure the strongest evidence available to prove your case and support a financial recovery.
Evidence in a side-impact or T-bone car accident may include:
- The police report
- Eyewitness testimony
- Dashcam video, video from a nearby business, or traffic cam video of the accident
- Pictures or video of the scene just before or after the accident
- A survey of the accident scene
- Physical evidence such as the damage to each vehicle
- Accident reconstruction specialists and other expert witnesses
- Your relevant medical records
- Other documentation of your injuries, expenses, and losses
To learn more or to get started today, call the Morris Bart law firm at (205) 380-4158 for your complimentary initial consultation with a Birmingham side impact collisions lawyer.
Deadlines in an Alabama Personal Injury Lawsuit
Car accident victims in Alabama generally need to file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the vehicle accident or risk losing the right to sue under Alabama Code § 6-2-38. If you miss this deadline, the court is unlikely to allow you to take your case to trial, no matter how much evidence you have against the negligent driver.
Building a personal injury case takes time, and there are necessary steps we must take in advance of the deadline. Reach out to our Birmingham office as soon as possible following your side impact accident to ensure you do not lose the chance to recover compensation for the damages you suffered.
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Recovering Damages in a Side Impact Collisions Case
When we pursue damages on behalf of our clients, we first document as many accident- and injury-related expenses and losses as we can. This bolsters our claim for compensation and can even increase the value of a client’s noneconomic damages. Using the evidence of losses to support our demand for a fair payout, we will seek to recover compensation for damages that include:
- Current and future medical treatment
- Any current or future related care costs
- Current and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages, such as replacement of your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Other noneconomic damages
We also pursue wrongful death damages in cases where our client’s loved one passed away as a result of a car accident.
Talk to a Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney to Learn More
If you were a victim of a side impact collision in Birmingham, you may want to speak to a car accident lawyer who is familiar with how the Alabama personal injury laws work. You likely have the right to take legal action and hold the at-fault driver responsible for their careless and reckless actions.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have offices in cities across the Gulf South, including in Birmingham, Alabama. We also have offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Call (205) 380-4158 now to speak to a member of our personal injury law firm about your car accident. We will review your case at no cost to you.
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