Side Impact Crashes
Side-impact crashes in Jackson, Mississippi and the surrounding areas can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and with a pile of expensive medical bills. These often debilitating crashes are also known as being “broadsided” or “T-Boned.” Depending on how fast the other car was going and what side of the car was impacted, these types of crashes can range from moderate to severe and even catastrophic or fatal. It’s not uncommon to see spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures and a variety of soft-tissue injuries associated with a side-impact crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a side-impact crash, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Common Causes of T-Bone Crashes
- Failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection
- Failing to yield
- Running a red light
- Turning across traffic lanes
- Not gauging oncoming traffic prior to a turn
- Distracted, impaired and aggressive driving
- Braking or steering failure
Depending upon the severity of your crash and injuries, you could be facing an incredibly lengthy recovery period. During this time, it’s not uncommon for victims to lose their jobs. You could be out of work for an extended period of time. In addition, the medical bills will be piling up. It isn’t enough to try to make ends meet when you’re in the hospital and out of work, but now you have to think about paying medical bills too.
Frequently Occurring Injuries
- Fractured legs, wrists, hands, arms, etc.
- Facial lacerations
- Contusions and abrasions
- Sprained and torn ligaments, tendons and muscles
- Hip and shoulder dislocation
- Fractured collarbone and ribs
- Spinal cord injury including herniated discs and spinal compression
- Damage to internal organs
- Traumatic brain injury
Collecting Evidence after a Side-Impact Crash in Jackson
Investigations can take time after any kind of car accident. Law enforcement officials may or may not have given written citations or made arrests. Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to get cell phone records and conduct a more in-depth investigation following a crash. This is when a skilled personal injury attorney can be absolutely indispensable. The insurance companies have legal teams, and so should you.
The Aftermath of a Side Impact Crash
Side impact crashes can seem to feel like they come out of nowhere. One minute, you’re driving down the road, the next minute, you’re in the hospital. Maybe you have spent days or weeks in the hospital. You could be facing a long stint in physical therapy, and you’re likely out of work. After any kind of crash, the most important thing is to make sure your family is taken care of. This means you need to be fairly compensated for your injuries, damaged or destroyed automobile, missed work and other expenses associated with the wreck.
Fatal T-Bone Crashes in Mississippi
Fatal side-impact crashes will leave surviving family members at a total loss. It isn’t enough that they’ve lost the love and companionship of a family member, but they are also likely facing a loss of future income, expensive medical bills and funeral expenses. Insurance companies can be slow to pay out too, especially in crashes involving fatalities.
Insurance companies are notoriously difficult for victims and surviving family members to deal with. You’re supposed to be in “good hands,” but often, that’s just not the case. Insurance companies are usually only looking out for their bottom line. They want to minimize payout on claims and maximize shareholder profits. It doesn’t matter if you’ve paid your premiums on time or not. They don’t care if you have a legitimate claim either. All that matters is offering the smallest possible settlement to their policy holders in order to save the company money. Thankfully, your injury lawyer will be able to deal with the insurance company for you after an accident.
The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family after this type of car accident is contact a skilled personal injury lawyer. You need to have somebody on your side during this difficult time. If you’ve got medical bills piling up, painful injuries to recover from and you don’t know what to do, a lawyer can help. The experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is ready to make sure you’re fairly compensated for you’re your injuries. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer your questions.
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