Side-impact or T-bone collisions are one of the most common types of car crashes that can occur in Miami Gardens, FL. This type of accident occurs when one vehicle impacts the side of another vehicle at an angle approaching 90 degrees. The victims of these accidents often suffer extremely serious injuries.
Side-impact crashes often do not leave any survivors. The reason is due to the lack of protection vehicles afford occupants on both sides of the vehicle. According to government statistics, over 8,000 people die every year in T-bone collisions.
Side-impact crashes often happen without warning for the victim when the responsible driver slams into the side of the victim’s vehicle after traveling through a stop sign or running a red light.
Common causes of side-impact car accidents
Side-impact crashes commonly occur due to impaired, negligent, or reckless driving behavior. Some of these activities can involve texting and driving, driving while intoxicated, and racing.
Additional causes include:
- Failing to yield
- Failing to come to a complete stop
- Turning left across traffic lanes
- Running a red light
- Making a right turn error
- Driving too fast during inclement weather conditions
Regardless of the specific cause, as the victim of a crash that occurs due to this behavior, you deserve to recover legal compensation for your losses.
An experienced Miami Gardens car crash attorney can help establish liability of the at-fault parties in order to collect your rightful settlement.
What makes these crashes so deadly?
Side-impact and T-bone car crashes pose a higher risk for death and serious injury than many other types of car accidents due to the absence of a “crumple zone” such as an engine or trunk. According to statistics provided by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) from 2016, Side impact crashes account for 25 percent of occupant deaths in passenger vehicles.
Common injuries of side-impact car accidents
The injuries sustained in a side-impact crash can vary significantly based on the severity of the impact. The speed at which the impact occurs as well as the angle of the impact can determine the difference between the life and death of vehicle occupants as well as the extent and seriousness of their injuries.
Some of the most frequently occurring injuries that result from side-impact crashes include:
- Concussion and other more severe traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Hip and shoulder dislocations
- Herniated discs in the neck and lower back
- Crushing injuries
- Lacerations from shattered glass
- Eardrum puncture
- Soft tissue injuries including tendon, muscle, and ligament tears, sprains, and strains
- Dislocated limbs
- Spinal cord and/or nerve damage, sometimes resulting in partial or complete paralysis
Our Miami Gardens car crash attorneys at Yeboah Law Group are able to provide you with intense and effective advocacy if you are the victim of a car crash injury due to the negligence of another party. You pay us nothing until we help you recover compensation. Call our law firm today at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to arrange a free consultation about your case.