The According to the United States Office of Health, Safety, and Security, side-impact collisions account for 9,000 deaths annually. These accidents are arguably more dangerous than any other type of crash due to the fact that there is so very little protection on the side of the vehicle. Often referred to as T-bone or broadside collisions, Sarasota side-impact car crashes can have devastating consequences for their victims.
Sarasota car accidents involving side-impact collisions often occur at intersections. Common causes of these crashes include:
- Driver negligence
- Failed or inadequate traffic signals or signs
- Driver’s failure to observe another driver’s right of way
- Driver’s failure to observe a stop sign or red light
- Driver’s failure to make a complete stop at a red light before making a right-hand turn
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Poor visibility
During the collision, the passengers of the vehicle that is struck on its side are at great risk of severe injury. Unlike with a head-on or rear-end crash, only the side doors of the vehicle are there to absorb the impact of the collision. Common injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Abdominal and chest injuries
In addition to the injuries caused by the two vehicles involved in the collision, the side-impact crash can also cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The risk is then increased for the car to strike other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Fatalities are most likely to occur when small and mid-size vehicles are involved in the crash. Unfortunately, most cars test poorly in side-impact testing, raising the risk for Florida motorists.
If you were a victim of a side-impact collision, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries and property loss. For more information, contact an experienced Sarasota car crash lawyer. Complete our online submission form or call our office at (888) 409-3805 for a free consultation.