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Side-Impact Car Crashes Can Have Devastating Consequences for Victims

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Side-impact crashes, otherwise known as T-bone or broadside car accidents, can be devastating for a vehicle's driver and passengers. In fact, researchers from the Monash University Accident Research Center determined that these crashes were more likely to result in death, killing between 8,000 and 10,000 people annually. Even more alarming is the fact that severe or fatal injuries can occur at speeds as slow as 30 miles per hour. For those who have been injured or whose relatives have been killed in a T-bone crash, it is important to understand the importance of filing a personal injury claim, as it may increase the odds of a fair and favorable settlement.

The Potential Aftermath of a Side-Impact Crash

In a front or rear crash, vehicle’s seat belts and airbags usually minimize the impact for any front-seat passengers. Unless the vehicle is equipped with side airbags, this is rarely the case in a T-bone crash. Victims may be thrown against the door of their vehicle, which can result in head injuries and fractures. The vehicle door may also crush in toward the victim, which can cause fractures, compartment syndrome, lacerations, and other serious injuries. 

If severe enough or left untreated, any one of the injuries sustained in a T-bone accident can result in death. In a less dire situation, the injuries may cause a victim to lose weeks, perhaps even months, of income. Costly and ongoing medical care may be needed, including physical therapy and surgery. Depending on the severity and nature of the victim’s injuries, a full recovery may or may not be possible. 

Obtaining Fair Compensation After a Side-Impact Crash

If you have been involved in a side-impact accident, you deserve full and fair compensation for any losses you have experienced, including those related to a disability or loss of consortium. Unfortunately, getting the amount you deserve can be far more difficult and complicated than one might think. Insurance companies, who wish to stay in business, will try to settle for the lowest amount possible. They may even prey on you when you are at your weakest -- injured, in pain, and financially stressed from a lack of income and the cost of medical care -- to accomplish their goals. Personal injury attorneys are skilled in negotiating with the insurance companies, and they also have methods to help avoid collections for medical bills. They can even assist in finding medical care providers who will suspend payments until a settlement is issued.

Contact An Arlington Heights Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has been involved in a side-impact crash, your injuries could be debilitating, impacting your personal and professional life. That is why it is essential that you speak with a competent Schaumburg car accident lawyer right away to determine liability for your crash. At Newland & Newland LLP, we are prepared to protect your best interests and your right to seek full and fair compensation for your losses. Schedule a free phone consultation by calling us today at 847-797-8000.





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