Modified: November 18, 2022

What Happens When A Car Hits You From The Side?

What Happens When A Car Hits You From The Side?

Side collisions have a most devastating impact on the human body than any other type of side impact accident (T-bone accident) from a motorcycle, bus, truck, or passenger vehicle collision leading to serious injuries. These side-impact accident injuries might take years to recover and cost millions of dollars in lost wages and personal injury-related medical expenses.

What’s surprising is that modern vehicles have protective gear like airbags to ensure that the driver receives minimal personal injuries from a side-impact accident. Modern cars and trucks come equipped with a seat belt to protect drivers from rear collisions.

But many passenger buses have no safety harnesses, and seatbelts do no good for a motorcycle passenger hit by an approaching motorized conveyance. In sum, T-Bone car accidents can maim and kill others, not just the people riding inside experiencing a T-bone accident personal injury.

No such device exists to ensure safety from harm to occupants and drivers suffering a side impact T-bone collision, such as when another driver runs a stop sign.

Chest injuries, whiplash, and brain injury wounds may even result in wrongful death. Potential outcomes remain in a hit and run, including an exploding airbag, steering wheel head impact, and safety glass laceration case.

Arguing Fault?

Insurance companies usually dispute liability in a side-impact crash, especially with an unfavorable police report. (Example: The insurance company will claim the at-fault driver had a green light, you will say he had a red traffic light, thereby violating Vehicle Code safety standards = disputed liability over the red light right of way in the two cars, no compensation to you and everyone else)

Hit in a Side Impact Car Accident? Ehline Law is Here to Assist

If you got into a side-impact car accident and got injured, contact Ehline Law and our Los Angeles car accident attorneys today for your case evaluation. At this point, who is at fault? Our experienced car accident lawyer can prove fault for side-impact collisions!

Types of Injuries in a Car Accident from a Side Collision

A car crash victim may suffer many types of injuries if their vehicle gets hit from the side. Some injuries include ear, neck, back, ribs, and head injuries, among many others.

Side collisions and T bones also impact the neck area and downwards to the ribs due to the severe shock. The at-fault driver is legally obligated to pay money in damages compensation.

In 2007, an insurance report showed almost two-thirds of claimants with minor neck injuries in the United States experienced a side collision, an overall increase. The head doesn’t remain stable while the neck absorbs all the force, which can even lead to spinal injuries besides neck injuries.

Side Collisions And Concussions?

Side collisions in vehicles leave most crash victims experiencing severe concussions upon impact. But not all concussions appear on impact in a traffic accident. These traumatic conditions develop slowly, causing immense pain, confusion, and inability to think. Parties with liability must pay the claim.

Besides injuries, car crashes from the side also lead to severe vehicle damage from the T-bone impact. Most vehicles fail to maintain protective harnesses or gear on the side of the car, unlike its front and back, with a bumper to minimize the impact blow (causing many concussions and head trauma).

Depending on the severity, side collisions may require replacing your vehicle rather than repairing it, pushing up the damage costs for the accident.

If you suffered a no-fault auto accident, contact an expert car accident attorney to look into your low-speed or high-impact car accident case. Take pictures of the accident scene, tire skid marks, and approach angle. Include snaps of the object or thing causing your physical injuries/property damage.

Document the impact points, focusing on vehicle driver information and license plate numbers. (Evidence to prove liability)

It’s not fair that you shoulder the losses and expenses from a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. It wasn’t your fault! Retaining an experienced lawyer holds the other vehicle driver responsible for medical treatment after most accidents.

Causes for Side Collisions in Car Accidents by the Other Driver

The majority of the time, impact from side collision accidents occur at an intersection. Typically, when a negligent, at-fault driver doesn’t stop at red traffic lights and speeds recklessly into the oncoming traffic from the side, you have a T-bone collision impact with severe issues, including injuries or death. (The brain is jarred, and your neck muscles and ligaments stretch).

However, most collisions occur don’t occur at stop signs and red lights. The more common cause is when a vehicle hits another in the rear-end or one vehicle overtakes another after overestimating their driving skills. All this negligence can result in a car crash with severe injuries to each other and their property.

More Quick Side Impact Collision Tips For Clients

When you suffer a side impact accident:

  • Get immediate medical treatment and help each other victim is safe. (ambulance to the emergency room)
  • Call the police to write a police report about the car crash and the party at fault. (CHP calls its police report a “Traffic Collision Investigation”; every law enforcement agency styles the description differently)
  • Please take pictures of exploded airbags and the accident scene as well as witnesses and liable parties (obtain phone numbers and contact information for validation purposes and later use them to testify over these T-bone accidents)
  • After speaking with a lawyer, call your insurance company and explain everything about who is at fault for your side-impact car accident.
  • Get your vehicle fixed or out of the repair shop to reduce vehicle storage costs.
  • Respect the healing and legal process, and don’t become impatient over your accident injury case.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Car After Most T-Bone Accidents?

Side collisions, also known as T Bone accidents, can result in extremely high medical expenses depending on the severity. Besides medical bills, you’ll need property damage payments from the at-fault driver to repair your type of vehicle in most side-impact car accidents. Below, our injury lawyer covers everything about property damages when one vehicle hits you in the side.

Here are some of the repair/replacement costs that you may have to incur depending on the damage dealt:

  • Windows replacement: $100 – $400
  • Doors replacement: $500 – $1,000
  • Repair structure: $600 – $10,000.

These average prices don’t include labor costs.

Should You Retain a Car Crash Attorney to Deal with the Insurance Company?

Without a doubt, you must retain a personal injury lawyer for legal advice and file your lawsuit against the negligent party or parties causing the accident. The negligent party’s insurer will do everything to reduce your insurance claims in side-impact collisions. De-facto, a scumbag insurance adjuster can block you from receiving fair compensation for the severe injuries sustained during your side impact car crash case.

Having an expert personal injury lawyer fight your legal battle sends a clear message in a side-impact traffic accident injury insurance claim.

“The car accident victim  and their car accident lawyer remain serious about their right to receive full and fair compensation for the side impact crash.”

Our injury attorney may bring insurers for the at-fault drivers causing these side-impact collisions back to the negotiation table.

Our Los Angeles, California, car accident attorneys evaluate side-impact collisions as part of our vetting process. You might be eligible for medical payments for your concussion and property damage payments from the at-fault driver causing the side impact collision.

Clients have the right to seek payments from the other driver for pain from back injuries, head injuries, emotional trauma, and more when filing most claims for side-impact crashes. We can help secure your rights to payment!

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Side Impact Collision Attorney

Our proven T-bone accident lawyers have vast experience in the ways of greedy insurance companies and the bully tactics they use. Our law office determines and cares for your claims. We’ll help you deal with the auto insurers for the at-fault driver to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. Money can’t undo an accident and associated trauma, but it can force the other driver to pay your bills and get back on your feet.

Learn how we can help with legal advice for severe injury and obtain legal representation! Use our convenient website form. Leave your contact information to receive a free consultation about forming an attorney-client relationship. Contact us at (213) 596-9642 for more details on T-bone side-impact crashes and car accidents.

Top Notch American Injury Lawyer, Michael Ehline

Michael Ehline

Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.

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