Any car accident can cause trauma and injury to victims. Side impact accidents, also called t-bone and broadside collisions, tend to be some of the most catastrophic for victims more so than other types of accidents. These accidents are highly fatal as they are responsible for up to 10,000 lives lost each year. It doesn’t take high speeds to cause these crashes to impart significant damages on another automobile and to the body of the human occupants inside. Even driving at speeds as low as 20 miles per hour can result in major injuries and harm to occupants of a vehicle that is involved in a side-impact accident.
One of the major reasons that this type of accident is so detrimental to passengers is due to the design of automobiles. While drivers and front-seat passengers have many more safety features surrounding them, the side of the car, especially for rear-seated individuals, doesn’t offer much. Some cars will have airbags in the doors as a safety feature for side-impact, but most do not. When another vehicle slams into one vehicle on the side, not only is the force something that the body has to endure but the crushing door will come into contact with the body and most often result in a wide range of devastating injuries to the person who is sitting directly next to the door.
What Are The Most Common Injuries Victims Face From Side-Impact Collisions?
Side-impact collisions come with a wide range of injuries including those that affect the:
When the neck, back, and spine are injured the severity of the injuries can result in significant damages with outcomes including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Chronic pain
When a body is impacted due to the impact of a crash the head is in a static position. As the body violently thrusts back and forth the muscles and ligaments in the head and neck stretch considerably. This region, near the neck, absorbs a large portion of the force and the body is pushed into unnatural motions. The nerve roots and discs in the spine are damaged. Additionally, as the brain is fiercely thrown back and forth in the skull it slams against the hard bone which damages the brain tissue.
When the brain is damaged that can be life-long repercussions such as:
- Constant headaches
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Mood changes and mood swings
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Blurred vision
- Memory loss
- Cognitive comprehension issues
Where Can You Find Legal Help In Wisconsin And Illinois After A Vehicular Accident?
You are not alone when you have suffered through a serious accident like that of a side-impact collision. The challenges you face as a victim of serious injury are high and many. You will need help obtaining the most compensation for your personal injury claim and the Janesville automobile accident attorneys at the Alexander J. Smith Law Offices will fight aggressively on your behalf so you will see your full legal justice.
The Rockford personal injury lawyers at Alexander J. Smith Law Offices will answer all of your questions throughout the personal injury claim process and provide you with guidance and advice. Call us today to discuss your situation during a completely free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 243-9686 for residents of Illinois. One of our highly knowledgeable Wisconsin and Illinois personal injury attorneys will help you with your personal injury claim.