Side-impact collisions can be devastating. In an instant, your life may be turned upside down and your health may be jeopardized because of another driver’s negligence. When this happens, you may be entitled to seek compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A Rome side-impact collisions lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after you are injured in an accident.
Common Causes of Side-Impact Collisions
Although there may be many causes of negligent driving, here are some of the more common contributing factors to dangerous side-impact collisions.
Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving
When driving under the influence, motorists have difficulty noticing and responding to situations as they arise on the road. A drunk driver may not see a traffic light or may not have the reflexes required to stop in time, causing them to run a red light and strike another vehicle in a side-impact collision.
Additionally, drunk drivers are often more reckless and may make careless decisions, like deciding they can speed through a red or yellow light instead of slowing and stopping. This unpredictable and unsafe behavior can also cause side-impact collisions.
Distracted drivers are drivers who are not paying attention to the road as they should. They may be distracted by anything—texting, chatting, eating, web browsing, and adjusting the radio or GPS. If they are not paying attention to traffic, they may end up missing traffic signals or oncoming cars.
Fatigued drivers also demonstrate dulled reflexes and senses, much like drunk drivers. They may be less aware of their surroundings and may not be able to respond in time. They may also nod off at the wheel.
Drivers can become fatigued for several reasons. They may not have gotten enough sleep the night before. However, they could have gotten plenty of rest the previous night but became drowsy after driving for too long.
Speeding and Road Rage
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a form of aggressive driving, and road rage and speeding can go hand-in-hand.
Drivers who are traveling above the speed limit may not be able to stop in time to follow traffic signals and may also be in such a rush that they choose to ignore traffic lights. Those who are speeding out of road rage may also be making reckless driving decisions that put others at risk.
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Common Injuries from Side-Impact Collisions
Due to the forces and the speeds involved in many of these collisions, side-impact accidents can result in especially severe injuries. Here are some of the more common injuries caused by side-impact collisions for which you can pursue compensation with the help of a Rome side-impact collisions lawyer.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
With the severe impact of a T-Bone collision, the head may strike against the inside of the vehicle. When the head is struck forcefully, you can suffer a traumatic brain injury. These range from concussions to brain bleeds, comas, and even death.
Severe fractures can leave the sufferer with long-lasting pain and disfiguring physical impairments. If there is too much damage to an appendage or limb, a surgeon may even need to operate. Broken ribs can puncture the lung and cause internal bleeding.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back injuries from car accidents can range from mild sprains to permanent nerve damage. Damage to the spine can be very painful and cause long-lasting, chronic conditions.
A spinal cord injury can cause damage that limits the function and sensation in parts of the body. Paralysis can be either temporary or permanent and can require costly, ongoing medical care.
Abrasions and Lacerations
Serious abrasions and lacerations can lead to infection and scarring, in addition to being quite painful. Severe road rash can result in a third-degree abrasion, also known as an avulsion wound, according to Healthline. Such wounds may even require advanced medical care to treat.
Side-impact collisions can cause internal bleeding and organ damage. Surgery may be required to repair the damage or stop the bleeding. In cases of severe internal damage, organs may need to be removed or replaced with a transplant.
Any of the above injuries can result in extensive medical care needs and expenses. To learn more about how we can help you fight for compensation to cover your accident-related costs, you can speak with someone from our legal team today.
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Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer to Fight for You
A personal injury lawyer can help you file an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover both economic losses and non-economic losses after you are injured in a side-impact crash. This compensation may be able to help cover your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering due to your accident.
Your lawyer will investigate the circumstances surrounding your crash and then will use this evidence to build the best possible case. They will advocate on your behalf to prove that if not for the other driver’s negligence, you never would have been in the side-impact collision that left you injured.
A lawyer may be able to negotiate a settlement from the insurance company, but they may also take your case before a judge or jury if that is necessary to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.
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According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, there is a two-year statute of limitations on filing a personal injury lawsuit. This means that you have limited time to pursue compensation.
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