Side Impact

Aggressive Representation for Side Impact Automobile Accident Victims

Side impact crashes, otherwise known as T-bone accidents, are some of the most common and dangerous forms of car accidents. These accidents happen on Chicago roadways every single day. Side impact accidents mainly occur at intersections. The most common scenario for a T-bone crash involves two vehicles traveling in different directions through converging intersections. When the vehicles collide in a “T” shape, it is referred to as a side impact or T-bone crash.

Side impact crashes often involve serious injuries and, at times, fatalities. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we have assisted thousands of side impact accident victims. We understand the financial impact these injuries can have on accident victims and their families. We assist our injured clients in obtaining compensation from the negligent party responsible for their injuries.

Injuries Experienced by T-Bone Accident Victims

T-bone accidents can result in a wide array of serious injuries. Some possible injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement
  • Head injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Death

The severity of side impact injuries stems from the lack of protection afforded by the sides of vehicles. A car’s front and bumper provide a considerable buffer from the impact of a crash, but side doors offer far less of a barrier. While side airbags can help, they do not absorb enough of the impact to prevent an array of serious injuries. With so little protecting you, a vehicle coming through the side of your car can cause considerable harm.

Causes of Side Impact Crashes

Side impact crashes have several potential causes. Most can be attributed to driver error. Some of the most common scenarios giving rise to a T-bone crash include:

  • A driver fails to yield the right of way when driving through an intersection;
  • A driver is not paying attention and fails to obey a traffic signal or yield to an approaching vehicle with the right of way;
  • A driver ignores a stop sign or traffic signal;
  • A driver pulls into an intersection or turns without first checking for an oncoming vehicle;
  • A driver fails to yield the right of way when traveling through an intersection;
  • An intoxicated driver slams into another vehicle;
  • A driver anticipates another vehicle will stop and turns in front of it, but it does not stop.

When a side impact crash occurs, there will be an analysis to determine which driver is at-fault. An investigator will consider the physical damage to both vehicles, the location of the accident, physical evidence like skid marks, driver and witness accounts, traffic cameras, and other pertinent evidence. At times, both drivers will be found to have some degree of fault in the accident.

Your experienced Chicago car accident attorney will assist in investigations of the accident and champion your rights against the at-fault driver. If you can prove the other driver acted in a negligent manner, you may be able to receive compensation for your property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

Assisting Chicago Accident Victims and Their Families

If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact automobile accident, our experienced Chicago Car Accident Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC are here to help. We have over 45 years of combined legal experience assisting car accident victims. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers at (312) 422-0509 or by filling out a free contact form online.