Car accidents occur every single day around the country. Drivers who are careless, intoxicated, reckless, or distracted injure and kill other motor vehicle drivers and passengers, as well as pedestrians and cyclists. The CDC reports that each day, 90 people die in crashes. While this is a tragic figure, the number of people injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes has declined in the past twenty years or so. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2014 that over 32,000 people died in accidents which are down from about 44,000 in 1990. In addition, injuries have also declined, from 3.2 million in 1990 to 2.3 million in 2014.
Types of Crash - Side Impact Collision or "T-Bone" Accidents
Motor vehicles can be involved in a wide range of accidents as vehicles can, and do, collide with each other at any number of angles. Rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, sideswipe accidents, and rollover accidents are just a few of the types of accidents that people can experience.
One other type of accident that drivers can experience is a side impact collision, also called a "t-bone" accident. Side impact crashes can be quite dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2014 "[s]ide impacts accounted for . . . 25 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths." Side impact accidents happen when the front one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These accidents typically occur at intersections, both those with stoplights and those with stop signs. These accidents happen when a car fails to stop at either the light or at the stop sign and crashes into the side of a car going through the intersection.
If a driver was negligent and crashed into the side of your car, you can hold that driver accountable for their careless actions.
Negligence And Motor Vehicle Accidents
In many personal injury cases in order to establish liability, you must prove that the driver responsible for the accident was negligent. Negligence can be defined as "[t]he failure to exercise the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in a similar situation." Black's Law Dictionary 1133 (9th ed. 2009). If you can establish that the person who struck you failed to use the appropriate standard of care when operating his or her motor vehicle, then you may be able to hold that person liable for negligence and recover compensation for your injuries. For example, if a driver fails to stop at a stop sign because he is in a hurry and hits another car, that driver likely was not using reasonable care in operating his vehicle. If that driver is proven to be liable, then the injured party can recover damages.
Contact A Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact collision you, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal. Jeremy has been practicing law in Colorado for over a decade. Let his experience with, and knowledge of, personal injury law work for you. Call his office today at (303) 825-2223, or fill out the online form by clicking here.