When a truck collides into the side of your vehicle, this type of crash is generally referred to a T-bone collision or a side impact crash. Side impact collisions tend to be some of the most destructive and deadly types of accidents to occur. And depending on where the vehicle hits along with where passengers are seated, there is an increased mortality rate when involved in one of these types of accidents. In fact, the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health cites that when a person is sitting on the same side of the car where the vehicle hits, the chances of them sustaining a serious or fatal injury is higher compared to other types of collisions.
If your vehicle was recently involved in a side-impact crash in Los Angeles, CA and the impact caused you to suffer severe or even permanent injuries, you are encouraged to speak with a Los Angeles, CA truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The reason you want to consult with a lawyer is that given the severity of your injuries, you are likely entitled to recover thousands of dollars in compensation to cover things like medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. But, the only way to find out what your case is actually worth is by having a truck crash lawyer review all the evidence first.
What are some of the main causes of side impact truck collisions?
Generally, a side impact truck accident will occur at an intersection where traffic heading in opposite directions meet. There are a number of factors that contribute to causing one of these types of crashes to occur. For example, if a truck driver fails to stop at a stop sign or red light and continues driving when other traffic has the right of way, they will usually collide into the side of another person’s vehicle rather than into the front or back of it.
Another reason side-impact truck crashes occur is due to truckers engaging in distracted behavior. Here’s an example. Let’s assume a truck driver was sitting at a green light waiting to make a left turn. Traffic heading in the opposite direction is still moving. Although the trucker is expected to wait at the light until there is a clearing in the traffic, if he/she isn’t paying attention and proceeds to make that left turn, they risk crashing into the side of a passenger vehicle or even another truck.
In most cases, the driver who hits the side of another vehicle is usually considered to be at fault for causing the wreck, although there are times when both drivers’ actions may have played a role in causing it to occur.
If you were involved in a side impact crash, now is the time to retain an attorney.
The reality is, passenger vehicle occupants are at more of a disadvantage than those occupying a large truck such as a semi or tractor-trailer, which is why they tend to suffer the most when a side impact truck accident occurs. Therefore, if you are interested in learning more about what you can do to hold the truck driver accountable for crashing into your vehicle causing you to now suffer from the multiple injuries you sustained in the collision, contact The Ledger Law Firm now. The accident attorneys at this firm not only have years’ worth of experience in handling truck accident cases, but you can be sure they will handle yours with care, compassion, and strength.
To schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer at The Ledger Law Firm, give them a call now at 888-724-8740 or you can email them at [email protected].
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