Side-Impact Collisions in Massachusetts: What You Need to Know
Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye and, sometimes, the results are catastrophic and a person’s life is forever changed. While all car accidents have the potential to be deadly, one particularly dangerous type of crash is a side-impact collision. Also known as a T-bone collision or a broadside crash, these accidents are almost always preventable, almost always the fault of one party involved, and almost always serious. If you’ve been in a side-impact crash in Massachusetts, call our car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.
What Is a Side-Impact Collision?
Different from a side-swipe crash in which the sides of two cars collide — often when changing lanes — a side-impact collision happens when the front-end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, forming a “T”-like shape with the two cars.
Common Causes of Side-Impact Crashes
Side-impact crashes usually happen when one driver fails to yield the right of way to another, typically at an intersection. The failure to yield may stem from acts of negligence such as:
- Drinking while driving;
- Driving while distracted;
- Driving aggressively;
- Vehicle defects (i.e. defective brakes);
Performing an illegal maneuver; and
- Traffic light defects.
Damages from a Side-Impact Crash
When a side-impact crash occurs, occupants of both vehicles could be severely harmed. Traumatic brain injuries, puncture injuries, internal injuries, facial injuries, and spinal cord injuries are all possible. In addition to physical injuries, those involved in a crash like this will suffer property damage costs, medical bills, lost wages, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. If you can prove that another party was to blame for your accident and resulting damages, you can seek compensation for the full value of your economic and noneconomic losses.
How Our Massachusetts Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Our Massachusetts car accident law firm can support you in your claim for damages after a crash by:
- Investigating your crash;
- Collecting evidence and talking with the police, eyewitnesses, and anyone involved in the crash;
- Building your case and proving fault and liability;
- Calculating your damages;
- Filing your claim with the insurance company;
- Negotiating your settlement; and
- Litigating your case in court if necessary.
Our lawyers will also help you to understand your rights and the laws surrounding your case, such as the statute of limitations in car accident claims, the serious injury threshold in Massachusetts, and more. We will remain accessible and available throughout your entire case.
Call Our Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer Today
Being involved in a car accident can be an isolating and devastating experience. While you may feel alone and hopeless about the future, our car accident attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander wants you to know that we are here for you. To learn more about how we can help and your rights after a crash, call our law office directly for your free consultation. You can reach Deborah Gold-Alexander by phone at (781) 289-4235.