Side-impact crashes, also known as “T-bone” accidents, may result in more serious injuries due to vehicles being more structurally vulnerable on their sides than their front and back ends. Vehicles may not have safety measures in place to protect occupants from side-impact collisions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that two million people are injured, and 32,000 people are killed in road traffic accidents each year. Driver error and negligence can lead to car accidents, including side-impact collisions. Some examples of negligent driving behaviors that could lead to a T-bone, side-impact collision include:
- Engaging in any activity that takes your attention away from driving, such as using a smartphone, eating, or looking at other passengers
- Driving while impaired by drugs, alcohol, or prescription medicine
- Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors
- Driving while fatigued, which affects motorists reactions times and concentration
Hammack Law Firm may help you with your case if you or a loved one was injured in a side-impact accident caused by a negligent driver. An Anderson side-impact collision lawyer can guide you throughout the claims and lawsuit process. Find out more about your legal options in a free case review by calling (864) 326-3333 today.
Injuries from a Side-Impact Auto Collision Can Change a Person’s Life
Many side-impact accidents happen at intersections when motorists do not obey traffic controls, whether by running a red light or failing to yield to another driver. The speed and size of the striking vehicle will determine the severity of any resulting injuries.
Typical injuries arising from T-bone collisions include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations, bruises, and burns
- Damage to the spine, neck, and back
- Loss of limbs
- Organ damage
Car accident victims may struggle to recover from their injuries, which may prevent them from working for extended periods and bring on costly medical treatment and care. It may be beneficial to hire a personal car accident injury lawyer to represent you and work on your case, as this might give you more time to focus on your health needs.
How an Anderson Side-Impact Collisions Lawyer Builds Robust Cases
Proving liability is a critical part of the legal process involved in seeking compensation. Your lawyer will need to establish that the other driver caused your injuries and was at fault for the accident.
South Carolina follows the comparative negligence insurance system. Because of this, proving liability is often contested between litigation parties. The other driver may deny being at fault for the accident or attempt to apportion some of the blame over to you.
If you are partially responsible for the accident, you may still claim compensation under this rule, according to the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA presented an example where one driver contributed 25 percent to the accident, while the other was 75 percent at fault. If the overall damages total at $100,000, the compensation would be reduced by $25,000, leaving $75,000 as your compensation.
Your lawyer can fight hard to refute any allegations or mitigate any blame you are apportioned. They may also:
- Provide a detailed investigation into the cause of your accident
- Request and gathering vital evidence to support your case
- Identify responsible parties
- Show how another driver’s negligence resulted in your injuries
- Estimate the value of your claim
- Negotiate with at-fault parties’ insurance companies
- Review settlement offers for fairness
- Represent you in court, if a settlement cannot be agreed upon
If you have questions or need help filing a compensation claim, call the responsive team at Hammack Law Firm for trusted advice in a free case evaluation today at (864) 326-3333.
Determine the Value of Your Claim by Assessing Your Damages
While each case is different, depending on your circumstances and the severity of your injuries, an Anderson side-impact collisions lawyer may help you pursue compensation in lieu of the following:
These are damages are the direct result of your accident’s losses and may include:
- Current and on-going medical bills
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
These damages differ from economic damages in that they are more difficult to quantify due to being more subjective in nature. These damages are calculated on factors like emotional stress and do not have a set value or cost, unlike the billable expenses listed above. These damages may include:
- Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance
In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to your compensatory awards. These damages serve to punish a guilty party who was grossly negligent or intentionally harmful.
If you choose to have our team represent you, we can help determine your claim's value. Our team may consider how the accident has impacted your life at present and what needs you might have in the future.
Client-Centered Legal Support Blended with Big Firm Experience
If you were injured in a side-impact vehicle collision caused by a negligent driver, contact the responsive and practical team at Hammack Law Firm for help with your compensation claim.
We understand that you may be facing financial pressures at the moment and offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not have to pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation on your behalf.
We pride ourselves on the high levels of accessibility, communication, and quality representation we have provided to each of our clients for almost two decades. Our law firm combines client-focused personal attention with big firm experience. Call (864) 326-3333, and find out more about how we can help you.