Side impact car accidents often result in very high trauma injuries. The
force of such collisions is almost immediately transferred to the vehicle
occupants. Resulting injuries can be devastating, including major bone
fractures, shoulder separations, rotator cuff tears, broken ribs, broken
pelvis, lumbar spine injuries, fractured legs and arms, and
serious head trauma.
Modern day side-impact air bags attempt to cushion the blows from side impacts, but the forces are often so great that air bags will not totally help the deceleration forces impacting the body. The area of the intrusion can tell investigators whom may have entered the intersection first and skid marks can also help determine speeds. Modern day vehicle recorders also help police determine exact speeds at time of impact.
Left sided impacts usually cause left sided trauma and vice-versa. This is because the vehicle is being crushed into the passenger compartment and against the occupants' bodies, resulting in violent impacts, twisting and turning of the body joints, and in the most severe of accidents, spine and head trauma and permanent injury.
Side Impact Collision Statistics
Side impact collisions have been found to have accounted for more than one-quarter of all fatal car crashes and over 30% of all non-fatal car accidents. In most cases, the driver of the car being struck in the side fares much worse than the driver of the other car. Side impact collisions often result from a car failing to stop for a red light or stop sign. High speed driving, drunk driving, distracted driving, and other negligent behaviors are the causes of many broadside collisions.
Side airbags are the only major safety feature designed to help with broadside accidents. However, side airbags are not yet standard in many cars or trucks. Furthermore, while the front and back of most cars have energy absorption panels built in, the side of a vehicle offers little protection against accident impacts.
Even in cars with side airbags, it is not possible to be completely safe from side impact crashes and resulting injuries. Specific injuries depend on the speed of the cars at impact, the weight of the vehicles relative to each other, and how high or low the vehicles are in relation to each other.
If You've Been Injured in a Side Impact Accident
The experienced attorneys at Holder Susan Slusher, LLC understand side impact accidents. If you've been hurt in this type of accident, contact a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and ensure the representation you need.