A side-impact crash—often referred to as a T-bone accident—may occur when the front of an oncoming vehicle collides with the side doors or panels of another vehicle. If the impact is on the driver’s side of the struck vehicle, this kind of crash could be more dangerous, damaging, and fatal than other types of accidents like rear-end and head-on accidents.
It is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that each year 3.18 million side-impact collisions cause 9,400 fatalities each year. Head and chest injuries are common, with the driver of the impacted vehicle usually suffering the most injuries.
If you were involved in a T-bone accident with a truck, you may benefit from the services of a seasoned West Palm Beach truck side-impact collision lawyer. A dedicated truck accident attorney can help you determine what you might be able to recover in damages from the responsible party or parties and work with you to pursue that compensation effectively.
Causes of Side-Impact
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about one-quarter of all fatal accidents each year could be attributed to side-impact collisions. Side-impact crashes typically occur at intersections, since this is the most frequent area where vehicles could be positioned perpendicular to each other. Common causes of these T-bone crashes may include:
- Running red lights
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Distracted driving, often due to using a cell phone to call or text while driving
None of these reasons are legitimate excuses for causing a side-impact collision. They all reveal a form of negligence and lack of respect for other drivers on the road that a West Palm Beach truck side-impact collision lawyer can hold as justification for a settlement out of court or a civil lawsuit in court.
Following an accident caused by another party, the injured victim could be eligible for damages. Damages that may be available are economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages include lost wages, property damage, medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages include emotional anguish, loss of enjoyment of activities, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded in rare cases and it is to punish the at-fault party. Speak to a dedicated and experienced attorney for more information about recovering damages.
Work with a West Palm Beach Truck Side-Impact Collision Attorney
The aftermath of a serious truck crash could be an extremely difficult period of time. You may be left with steep medical bills made even harder to pay by the wages you lost during periods of not working due to your physical injuries.
If you are worried about how you will make ends meet or if you will still be employed when you are healthy enough to go back to work, a seasoned West Palm Beach truck side-impact collision lawyer can help during this recovery phase of your life by assisting you in seeking financial relief.
If retained, your attorney can be passionate about guiding you through your recovery period and can do all they might to achieve a fair settlement or award in order to help allay your financial worries. Call today to receive a case review.
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