A side impact crash can cause serious injury to everyone involved, especially the people in the car that experiences the side impact. Most modern vehicles are designed to absorb a significant amount of impact through the front end of the vehicle and crumple in order to reduce the force before it reaches the passengers. When a vehicle is struck from the side, there is significantly less material that can absorb this impact, and although manufacturers and researchers have made significant developments such as the side airbag, the passengers still experience more direct force from the collision. This means that in many cases, the people in the vehicle being hit from the side, especially on the side that is being collided with, are at a greater risk of injury.
There are many different ways that a side impact crash can happen. Some may be sideswipe accidents that only leave superficial damage, and others may be t-bone accidents at full speed. Regardless of the nature of your side impact crash, California allows legal options through tort law for victims to recover damages from those responsible for the crash in many cases. If you have been injured in a side impact crash and the accident was the other driver’s fault, then you may be eligible to seek financial compensation beyond the initial offers that their insurance company will make to you. We are here to help.
Read more about side impact crashes, personal injury settlements and lawsuits, and how we can help you navigate this process. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation where you will be able to learn more about your options in your specific situation and get a greater understanding of your rights.
What Is a Side Impact Crash?
A side impact crash can also be referred to as a “broadside” or a “t-bone,” and everyone involved in one is at risk of serious injuries. These types of accidents can happen in a variety of situations, but most often happen when two vehicles are traveling in perpendicular directions and cross paths at the same time. Usually, this happens because one of the vehicles ignores a stop sign, yield, or some other traffic rule intended to indicate the order each vehicle is supposed to enter the intersection.
Seeking Damages After a Side Impact Crash in California
After you are involved in a side impact car accident and it is determined that you were not at fault, you will be in contact with the other driver’s insurance company. They will ultimately offer you a settlement amount, and in exchange, you will be required to waive your ability to pursue any future legal actions against their client for the accident. As your medical bills are accumulating and you continue to miss work because of your injuries, this amount looks appealing but it is important that you understand that this amount is likely far less than you rightfully deserve. An insurance company’s main goal is to save themselves as much money as possible.
When you are working with the team at Bauman Law, we will use this offer as the start of a series of negotiations to get you the money you truly deserve. If we are able to reach an agreement out of court, then we will accept the settlement; if not, then we will pursue this amount through the California court system.
It is important to us that each client we work with is awarded an appropriate amount of money so that they can focus on getting their life back on track, physically and emotionally recovering from their injuries, and moving forward without worrying about financial hardships because of someone else’s actions.
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The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to begin working on your case and fighting for the justice you deserve. During your initial consultation, you will be able to learn about how we can help, how we have handled previous cases similar to your own, and get a better idea of how our professional relationship will be over the time we are working together.