New York Side Collisions
A side collision, also referred to as a broadside, t-bone or side impact collision, is a vehicle accident that involves one vehicle crashing into the side of another vehicle. While there are a variety of ways that car accidents occur, such as a head-on collision, a rear-end collision and a sideswipe collision, side collisions are quite common. In fact, side collisions are one of the most common types of accidents. Even where the side collision is relatively minor because the low-speed involved, there still may be injuries. Such injuries may require medical treatment and missing work. Medical bills coupled with loss of income can send a family's finances into disarray. However, if you were in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other losses you suffered. It is, however, important that you immediately contact an experienced New York Side Collisions Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you the process of pursuing damages from the person responsible for your injuries.Causes of Side Collisions
Like head-on collisions and rear-end collisions, there are a variety of causes of side collisions. However, the most common reasons are failing to stop at a stop sign and running a red light. Because of this, intersections are the most common places for side collisions. Other causes include making a left turn in front of oncoming vehicles, failing to yield, and erratic lane changing. In addition, drivers who are intoxicated, distracted by using electronic devices or who are driving too fast are more likely to cause side collisions than other drivers.Consequences of Rear-End Collisions
Victims of side collisions can suffer serious injuries. Cars and other vehicles are not designed to provide occupants as much protection on the sides as is provided by the front and rear of a vehicle. In addition, many vehicles are not equipped with side airbags or any other type of protection against side impacts. As a result victims of side collisions often suffer serious injuries such as head and brain injuries, broken bones, neck injuries or whiplash, internal bleeding, shoulder injuries, and pelvic fractures. The severity of injury from a side collision depends on factors such as the speed of the impacting vehicle, the position of the occupant in the vehicle, the side of the impact, and the position of the impact. Injuries tend to be more severe where the impact is between the wheels as opposed to near the front or rear of the vehicle.
New York law allows victims of side collision accidents to bring personal injury lawsuits against the person responsible for their injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for your past and future medical expenses related to your injury, lost wages, loss of earning capacity if you are unable to earn as much as you earned prior to the accident, pain and suffering, and property damage. If the side collision accident resulted in the death of a family member you may be able to collect compensation from a wrongful death claim.
Whether a vehicle accident is a side collision, head-on collision, rear-end collision, or a sideswipe, a car accident may leave you with both physical injuries and financial stress. A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident is a way to not only hold that person accountable for his or her negligent acts but a way for you to be compensated for your losses. However, to ensure that your rights are protected it is important that you are represented by someone with experience representing victims of car accidents. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side collisions as well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.