Tampa Side Impact Accident Lawyer
Way back in 2005, Edmunds wrote an article about how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was implementing new regulations that required all car manufacturers to install side airbags as a standard feature in new car models by 2013. Now, many cars on Florida roadways do have the side airbags as a standard feature in their car. Side airbags are meant to protect the head and chest. However, airbags will not fully protect a vehicle occupant in the event of a side impact collision. Furthermore, not everyone has purchased a newer car in the last ten years that is equipped with such safety features. As a result, side impact collisions continue to cause serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been hit on the side by another vehicle with a negligent driver, it is important to consult with our Tampa side impact accident lawyer about your case.
How Side Impact Crashes Occur
Side impact crashes often occur at intersections, although they can happen anywhere from the parking lot to the state highway. When a driver engages in the following behavior, they are likely to cause a side impact crash.
- Improperly merges;
- Drives distracted and then swerves;
- Changes lanes without looking first;
- Runs red lights;
- Improperly turns left;
- Performs illegal passing maneuvers;
- Drives while impaired and misjudges the space on the road;
- Backs out of a parking space without checking for traffic first;
- Fails to maintain their vehicle and cannot stop because of poor brakes; and
- Drives too fast for the weather conditions.
Common Injuries From Side Impact Collisions
Unfortunately, drivers and passengers in compact vehicles are more likely to sustain injuries from a side impact collision then their counterparts who are in a larger vehicle with more clearance. According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 27 percent of car occupant deaths were caused by side impacts. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of SUV and pickup truck occupant deaths were the result of side impact crashes. Anytime there is a significant size difference between the two vehicles involved in the collision, the injuries are likely to be more severe. Common injuries from side impact accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Lung punctures;
- Pelvic and femur fractures;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Facial and bodily lacerations;
- Crush injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries; and
Let Us Help You Today
If you or a loved one has just been involved in a side impact collision, you are probably still trying to figure out what steps to take next. You may be dealing with a hospital stay, totaled car, and injuries that require you take time off work. The Tampa side impact accident attorneys at the office of Mark H. Wright, PLLC understand that you have plenty of questions and we are here to help you get answers. Our dedicated team will advocate on your behalf so that you get adequate compensation to cover all the medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and emotional distress. Call us today at 813-946-6848 to schedule your free consultation.