Side-impact accidents, also known as “T-Bone” collisions, have the capability to cause severe vehicle damage and injury to the passengers. These broadside collisions result in one vehicle being hit by the front or rear of another vehicle. While there are many instances where this type of crash can occur, the most common are when a driver crosses an intersection, runs through a red light, or fails to yield or give the right of way to another vehicle. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, either driver could have been at fault. If the impact is severe, further damage could be caused if the vehicle rolls or spins over and hits other vehicles, pedestrians, trees, or utility poles. The driver may suffer injuries ranging from whiplash, sprains, or fractures to severe internal injuries or even death. As opposed to other types of car accidents, the driver and passengers are only protected by the side door of the vehicle. The damage that results also depends on the type of vehicle. In accidents involving a compact car that is struck on the side by a much larger SUV or truck, the potential for injury is greater.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident, you should know that you have legal rights. Generally, if you have suffered an injury due to another person’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit. To establish liability, you must prove that the other driver was negligent and responsible for causing the accident. To recover (compensation) for injuries in North Carolina, you will need to prove that you did not contribute to the accident and were not responsible for causing any part of it. North Carolina, unlike most other states, follows a strict contributory negligence system that bars the plaintiff from recovery against the defendant when the plaintiff also contributed to the accident. South Carolina follows a different system where, even if the victim is at fault, he or she may be able to recover damages. It is best to contact a lawyer before speaking to an insurance adjuster because the adjuster may try to establish that you were at fault.
Because side-impact accidents can be severe, victims can suffer substantial injuries resulting in costly medical bills, lost wages, and other types of damages, such as pain and suffering. If you are injured in a car accident and someone else was responsible, you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries. If you need assistance with your accident, contact attorney Brian Steed Tatum at the Tatum Law Firm. You will benefit from contacting this attorney who has experience in this type of claim and who will negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement for your injuries. The Tatum Law Firm has helped countless victims across North Carolina and South Carolina and would be glad to serve and help you determine your legal options during a free consultation.