Side-impact car accidents (also known as “T-bone” or “broadside” collisions) are among the most harmful types of crashes to occur in the Atlanta metro area. Because passenger vehicles have relatively little space on their sides to absorb energy and shield occupants, side-impact collisions can be deadly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says.
According to the IIHS, side-impact accidents accounted for 27 percent of passenger-vehicle occupant deaths in the U.S. in 2009. Drivers and passengers in a motor vehicle are likely to suffer injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis as a result of a side-impact crash.
When someone else’s carelessness or recklessness is to blame for a side-impact accident, that driver should be held responsible for the injuries and losses they have caused. The Atlanta side-impact accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC stand up for people injured in Georgia traffic accidents to make sure those who have been harmed get the compensation they deserve.
Contact our Atlanta side-impact accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC today. Fill out our online contact form or call us at 404-620-4301 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
Injuries in Side-Impact Motor Vehicle Accidents
An Australian study in 1994, one of the few to specifically focus on side-impact crashes, looked at the types of injuries that occur in side-impact collisions. It found that the driver in a side-impact accident is more likely to be injured than vehicle passengers. But the study found there is practically no difference in the severity of injuries suffered by occupants based on where they sit.
Among all injuries to drivers in side-impact accidents, the most frequently reported injuries were to the head (70 percent), abdomen and pelvis (70 percent) and upper extremities (67 percent). Notably, the study’s authors said there were practically no severe injuries to the face, lower limbs or neck among rear-seat passengers in side-impact accidents.
When Side-Impact Car Accidents Happen
Side-impact collisions typically occur when one car passes in front of another, causing the two cars to form a T-shape when they collide. Hence, these are often called “T-bone collisions.” These crashes often happen at intersections, such as when one car runs a stop sign or stoplight. A driver who makes a poorly considered left-hand turn across a lane of traffic may cause a side-impact crash. Failure to yield the right of way is another factor often cited in broadside collisions.
There are many reasons why Atlanta drivers get into auto accidents. Usually the primary cause of a car accident is some form of driver negligence or recklessness. Georgia law says that the party at fault in a car accident must pay for all costs and damages arising from it, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages.
Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. They often are reluctant to pay claims after someone is severely injured in a side-impact car accident. In these cases, an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney such as those at Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you to obtain the funds you deserve by either negotiating with the insurance carrier or taking legal action, such as filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Get Help from an Atlanta Side-Impact Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a side-impact (“T-bone” or “broadside”) car accident in Georgia, the experienced Atlanta side-impact accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you recover money you need and deserve. Call us now at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case.
We serve side-impact crash victims throughout Atlanta, North Atlanta, South Atlanta, Jonesboro, East Point, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and all across Georgia.