- Side-impact collisions (often called T-bone collisions) typically occur when one car passes too closely in front of another, causing a crash where the cars together resemble a T-shape.
- Because serious injuries and large medical bills often result from these accidents, you should have a legal team that can protect your rights as soon as possible.
- Georgia law says that the at-fault party in a car accident must pay for all resulting costs and damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.
If you’ve been injured in a side-impact car crash, you probably have many questions about what to do next and how to begin the process of recovering what you’ve lost.
- Why do side-impact collisions cause such serious injuries compared to other accidents?
- The medical bills from my side-impact collision are huge – what can I do to get them paid and still have something left of my settlement?
- How can I prove the other driver was at-fault in my accident?
- Will I need a lawyer who specializes in this kind of wreck?
Why are side-impact collisions more likely to cause such serious injuries compared to other accidents?
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.
In an Australian study, one of the few to specifically focus on side-impact crashes, scientists looked at the types of injuries that occur in side-impact collisions. 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.
Head injuries and brain trauma can cause permanent damage that can never be undone. Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, can change lives for the worse making even the most basic daily tasks feel impossible and previously healthy relationships wither and die.
In spite of their life-altering nature, head injuries and their consequences can be difficult to prove because they are not visible to the naked eyes of others. Without specialized and very expensive care and treatment, these injuries can be devastating.
Abdominal and pelvic trauma are far more life-threatening injuries than a simple broken arm or even severe lacerations. These internal injuries are not instantly obvious and can be difficult to diagnose. Internal bleeding and organ trauma are extremely dangerous. They often require surgical intervention and cause permanent organ damage or death.
Because serious injuries and large medical bills often result from these accidents, you should have a legal team that can protect your rights as soon as possible after the accident.
The medical bills from my side-impact collision are huge – what can I do to get them paid?
No doubt, such serious injuries will result in large medical bills that you may be worried about paying. Even if you have ample insurance to cover the bills, what will you do if your insurance company demands to be re-paid from your injury settlement? What if, in the end you are left with little or nothing for continuing care let alone providing a financial cushion to handle future needs the accident may necessitate? You need an advocate.
Accident victims are vulnerable. Big insurance companies have a totally different goal in mind than taking care of your needs. Their job is to save money for the insurance company and convince you to settle your claim for as little as possible. You need a powerful ally to protect you. Victims need to have a lawyer in place quickly after the accident in order to avoid being victimized a second time by insurance company representatives.
At The Millar Law firm, helping our clients receive medical care is a big priority. We also recognize that holding on to their settlement after a serious car accident is important to your ability to recover from what’s been taken from you. At The Millar Law Firm, we work hard to make sure our clients get every bit of justice that’s guaranteed to them by the Constitution of the United States and by Georgia law.
How can I prove the other driver was at-fault in my accident?
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.
Insurers are 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 Law Firm 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.
We begin immediately to gather information necessary to your claim. We obtain police reports, medical records, driving records, witness statements, and any other form of proof necessary in order to establish that you were not at fault for the accident. We also use expert witnesses when necessary to prove that you were the victim of carelessness or negligence. It is through our diligent collection of this kind of information that we can win justice for our clients.
Our legal team is also well-known for successful negotiations with insurance company representatives in order to avoid a full-blown lawsuit. By arriving at a settlement prior to initializing a lawsuit, we can also maximize your settlement by saving you court costs and attorney fees. We have a reputation as no-nonsense, hard-ball negotiators who can get to a satisfactory settlement quickly. That reputation is worth its weight in settlement gold.
Will I need a lawyer who specializes in this kind of wreck?
Based on our knowledge of this kind of accident claim, we believe that your best chance of winning a side-impact collision claim is to retain a personal injury lawyer who has been highly successful in serious side-impact cases. We think your interests will be best served by hiring the experienced legal team at The Millar Law firm.
We are specialists. That means we do only personal injury claims – all day, every day. This focus allows us to concentrate on getting everything you need in your settlement. We are proud of our expertise and are confident that it will give you the winning edge in your claim.
When a legal team spends enough time focused on collisions, they are better prepared to understand and later explain the situation to a jury. The scientific principles at work in an accident of any kind can be difficult to understand and even more difficult to explain.
An excellent attorney must be not just a lawyer, but also be a scientist and a physics professor. When it comes to the sheer forces of nature – gravity, inertia and the other laws of physics that come into play during a car accident, your legal team must know how to explain the science to a jury made up of regular folks like you and me. Not everybody stayed awake during fifth period science in high school. Some of us need extra help to fully understand how the law of gravity leads to the serious injuries that happen in a car crash. When the picture of your accident is crystal clear, and your injuries are fully understood by the jury, those individuals will be far more sympathetic to your plight.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a side-impact car crash, let us help. At the Millar Law Firm. Call us now at 770-400-0000 or fill out our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case and get the answers you need. please review our case results and client testimonials – then contact us today.