Side-Impact Car Accident Attorneys in Seattle, Washington, Helping Accident Victims Recover from Catastrophic Injuries
While we tend to think of head-on collisions as the most violent and dangerous of car accidents, research reveals that the side of a vehicle does not offer the same amount of protection to its passengers as the front of a car. So, when one vehicle speeds into another and impacts it squarely in its side – a side-impact crash, a ‘broadside’ collision, a ‘T-Bone’ wreck – this might be more dangerous and potentially deadly. And the chances of the impact being fatal are only that much higher when the vehicle collides with your side in a heavy semi-truck or bus.
If you or a loved one have been in a side-impact collision, your first concern should be seeking medical attention for any potentially life-threatening injuries. Once you are well enough and have told your story to any law enforcement or first responders, you should consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer with some experience representing injured clients in violent side-impact car accidents.
Khan Injury Law represents accident victims across the state of Washington who’ve been in accidents that were the fault of someone else’s negligence. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate legal services to injured clients in need. You need to recover from your injuries and should not be overly concerned with the accident legal system or what an insurance company might have to say about your accident. Let these concerns fall to the experienced legal team at Khan Injury Law. Call us at (206-203-3978 for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal needs.
What Causes ‘Broadside’ Car Accidents?
Typically in a side-impact collision, one or both vehicles may be traveling at high speeds and crossing paths, usually at an intersection. Some side-impact crashes are more of a sideswipe, where the total weight and force of the vehicle don’t collide in the T formation but rather violently glances off the other vehicle, often resulting in the struck vehicle spinning after the collision.
Common contributing factors to broadside car crashes include:
- Dangerous weather conditions.
- Distracted driving.
- Driver fatigue.
- Driver negligence.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Equipment failures and manufacturing defects.
- Failure to check blind spots on left-hand turns.
- Failure to yield.
- Improper lane changes.
- Poor visibility.
- Texting while driving.
What Are Common Injuries Seen in T-Bone Collisions?
T-Bone car crashes will tend to see similar injuries to other types of car accidents, if only more severe and life-threatening.
Common personal injuries that are seen in T-Bone accidents:
- Amputation of limbs.
- Broken bones.
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Internal bleeding.
- Nerve damage.
- Organ damage.
- Road rash.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Wrongful death.
How is Fault Determined in a Side-Impact Car Crash?
The state of Washington goes by the ‘comparative fault’ rule of the law, which says that multiple parties may share blame for the cause of an accident. Following this logic, even the injured accident victim may have some share of fault for the accident.
Proving fault, or who is most at fault, will be decided in an investigation. Law enforcement and accident reconstruction specialists can look at video footage and traffic light synchronization to better understand which driver was in the wrong.
When factors such as vehicle defects come into play, this may be neither driver’s fault but instead fall on the shoulders of the car manufacturers and potentially any mechanics that have recently serviced the vehicle.
When only one driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, typically, they will receive all or nearly all of the blame for the accident.
Schedule a Free Consultation with the Side-Impact Car Accident Lawyers of Khan Injury Law
Khan Injury Law serves accident victims across the state of Washington from offices in Seattle, Kent, Tacoma, and Tukwila. Our award-winning legal team has a proven track record of success in helping clients obtain the maximum compensation for their claims. Please contact our Seattle office by calling 206-203-3978 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your car accident claim.