Where do broadside collisions most commonly occur? They can happen in many different settings, for many different reasons, but these types of collisions are very common at intersections.
Broadside collisions are also referred to as side-impact collisions or T-bone collisions. One of the most common characteristics of broadside collisions is the angle at which one vehicle collides with the other. Typically, the two vehicles form a 90-degree angle.
What is it about intersections that make these crashes more likely to happen there and, more importantly, what errors are drivers making that cause broadside collisions? Let’s take a look at some of the explanations.
Why Broadside Collisions Happen at Intersections
Broadside collisions are common at intersections where two vehicles are traveling in different directions. Typically, one driver fails to come to a complete stop, as is the case at four-way stops. A driver might blow through a red light or attempt to rush a left turn while attempting to beat oncoming traffic.
These crashes are typically due to some form of human error. A driver might not be paying attention or may simply be driving recklessly. Side-impact collisions are also common in parking lots for the same reasons they occur at intersections.
Driver Error and Broadside Collisions
In broadside collisions, one driver usually bears more responsibility for the crash than the other driver. Whether the driver failed to notice a stop sign or attempted to beat a red light, their actions could result in a very serious crash. Because the impact occurs on one side of a vehicle, the occupant of that side is more likely to be seriously injured. The at-fault driver bears responsibility for the costs of the injuries caused in the crash.
The at-fault driver’s car insurance will likely cover many of the costs that others are facing, but accident and injury claims aren’t always resolved easily. It’s often the case that an at-fault driver’s insurance company will attempt to shift some of the liability away from their policyholder to lessen the amount of money they pay.
If you’ve been injured in a broadside collision, you should consider legal action to get the compensation you’re entitled to. You deserve payment for the medical bills, car repair bills and lost income you have incurred because of your crash.
At Neale & Fhima, we hold negligent drivers accountable for the damages our clients have suffered. We will determine how your crash happened, and we will demand payment from the insurance company and at-fault driver. It’s important to have an attorney to handle your claim, so you can be sure you are getting maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a broadside collision, contact Neale & Fhima today to schedule your free consultation. Our track record proves that we get results for our clients. We have years of experience handling side-impact collision cases. Let us put our experience to work on your behalf. Call us at (949) 661-1007 or fill out our online contact form to get started.