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Wildomar Side Impact Car Accidents
A side impact vehicle collision, also known as a broadside or T-bone accident, is a dangerous crash that takes place one vehicle’s front end hits the side of another vehicle at a nearly 90-degree angle. T-bone accidents often result in death or catastrophic injuries to all occupants of the struck vehicle due to both an unexpected impact and the lack of structural barriers on the side of a vehicle as opposed to the front or rear. The smaller buffer between the striking car and occupants means serious injuries often occur even with vehicle safety features like side impact air bags. Studies report these collisions cause 23 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths and 25 percent of all motor vehicle deaths nationwide each year. Perhaps most disturbingly, the NHTSA found the number of fatalities from these accidents skyrocketed from 31 to 51 percent due to the popularity of SUVs and higher speed limits. Broadside accidents killed 5,866 people in 2016 and injured tens of thousands.
In 2018, two vehicles collided in a broadside collision in the intersection of Bundy Canyon Road and Harvest Way in Wildomar, killing a passenger and injuring other occupants in both vehicles. These accidents contribute to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s finding that collisions hurt and killed 128 people in Wildomar in 2016. Unfortunately, broadside accidents generally occur when a driver behaves negligently and commits a traffic violation. at an intersection, drives aggressively, misjudges speed when turning, or drives under the influence. If you or a loved one were hurt in one of these avoidable T-bone collisions speak to an experienced Wildomar Side Impact Car Accident Attorney today to see if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.What Injuries Commonly Result from Side Impact Accidents?
The unexpected nature of broadside collisions means vehicle occupants don’t have time to prepare for impact and can’t take advantage of many safety protections within their car. Impact, in combination with the lack of structural protection on a vehicle’s side, means life-threatening, catastrophic harm often occurs. Victims lucky enough to survive their crash may suffer injuries including:
- Head injuries such as concussions and potentially fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Spinal cord damage including paralysis;
- Neck injuries like whiplash and soft tissue damage;
- Back injuries;
- Broken bones, and
- Internal injuries or organ damage.
This type of damage may affect a victim’s ability to resume day-to-day activities such as work, as well as require extended medical care or expensive accommodations to care out life activities.Can I Win My Case?
In California, it’s common for victims to seek redress for their injuries by filing a lawsuit alleging they’re owed damages because they were hurt by someone’s negligence. To accomplish this, it’s usually necessary to show a court that the defendant owed them a duty of care, breached their duty through either an act or omission, and injured them as a result of the breach. However, negligence per se has been adopted by courts, which means if victims can prove a defendant broke a law, rule, or regulation (including traffic laws prohibiting speeding or requiring drivers to stop at stop signs or for yellow lights) and caused harm it creates a presumption of negligence. It can be helpful to rely on evidence from the scene like skid marks and eyewitness statements to determine if the defendant broke a law.
Typical scenarios of side impact accidents resulting from traffic violations may include:
- A driver’s failure to stop at stop signs or red lights,
- Speeding up through a yellow light in an intersection to make the light,
- Distracted driving such as texting while operating a vehicle,
- Driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs,
- Failure to yield at intersections to the vehicle to the left of them, and
- Improper right turns into lanes of oncoming traffic.
If you can establish the elements of negligence or prove a defendant broke a law while causing injury, liability is established unless a valid legal defense exists for their actions and the defendant will be responsible for the victim’s injuries. It can be difficult to tie a breach to causation of a victim’s injuries, and a thorough investigation is needed to a legal violation existed, so it’s advisable to work with an experienced Wildomar Side Impact Car Accident Attorney to avoid potentially costly legal mistakes when pursuing your claim for recovery.What Damages Can I Recover for My Injuries?
The lack of structural protection for victims means catastrophic injuries often occur in broadside collisions – it’s not uncommon to see medical bills pile up, a temporary or permanent inability to work, and an extended rehabilitation or care period result from a serious crash. Courts recognize this reality and may award victims of negligence monetary damages to help compensate them for their physical, emotional, and financial harms and get back on their feet. It’s possible to see recovery for:
- Medical bills,
- Property damage,
- Lost wages,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Loss of consortium (companionship) among other things.
Courts may also award victims additional damages in some situations to punish a defendant’s vile, reprehensible behavior and discourage its repetition. These discretionary punitive damages awards may be large, so you must satisfy a high burden of proof and have received an award of compensatory damages in order to be eligible for them.Speak to a Lawyer
If you or a loved one were involved in a T-bone collision, you know how catastrophic these accidents are and how severely it can impact your health, financial security, and psychological well-being. Time is not on your side, so don’t delay contacting the skilled Wildomar Side Impact Car Accident Attorneys at Walton Law, APC. We have years of experience providing personalized, dedicated representation for victims like you and delivering results; we’ve recovered millions in compensation on their behalf. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (866)-338-7079 or through our online Contact Page to schedule your free initial case consultation today. The no risk, no obligation consultation is completely confidential, and you don’t pay until we win your case. Let our team of attorneys review the facts of your unique situation and help protect your rights, fight for your recovery, and secure the best possible outcome for you from an unfortunate situation starting today.