Side Impact Collision
Side impact collisions, also known as sideswipes or T-bone accidents, are relatively common in Florida. These car wrecks, which occur when one vehicle crashes into the side of another, often happen in intersections or on busy highways. What’s more, Florida side impact collisions are also one of the most dangerous types of wrecks that happen on our roads. About 9000 deaths occur in the US each year as a result of these crashes, accounting for almost one quarter of all fatal car wrecks.
Why They Are Dangerous
Side impact collisions are especially dangerous because drivers and passengers often have no protection (such as airbags) to bear the brunt of the accident. These wrecks can easily lead to broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, and even fatal head injuries.
How They Happen
Side impact collisions are almost always caused by one driver who fails to yield the right of way to another. While these accidents can happen anywhere and in nearly any way, some of the most common contexts include:
- At an intersection
- At stop lights and stop signs
- Pulling out of parking spaces
- Making a left turn
- Merging onto a highway
- Changing lanes on an interstate
When you are the victim of a side impact collision caused by an inattentive or distracted driver, it can be a scary and hurtful experience. While you still have to live with your injuries, you may be able to earn compensation from the wreck, which may cover expenses such as medical bills, missed time at work, pain and suffering and more.