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Side Impact Accident

In the United States alone, side-impact car accidents are considered one of the most deadliest accidents. Deaths caused by a side-impact accident have increased by 29% from 31% to 51% over the past two decades, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The reason why accidents have been so prevalent is due to the increase of speed levels on the road. Some experts claim that it is also due to the increased amount of SUVs on the road.

What is a Side Impact Car Crash Exactly?

Side impact car crashes (or “T-bone” accidents) can result in serious damages and bodily injuries. This type of car accident occurs when the side of one car is impacted by the rear or front or of another vehicle, forming a t-bone shape.

What are Common Causes of Side Impact Car Crashes?

So you were driving on the road, minding your own business, and following the rules. Then suddenly, a vehicle comes out of nowhere and sideswipes your car. You get a flood of emotions that includes fear, anger and relief that you and everyone involved are in one piece.

Often times this type of car crash is caused by driver distractions. Regardless of whether a distracted driver was distracted mentally, physically or visually - distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents that result in bodily injury or death. Here are some common causes of a side-impact accident:

  • Road rage
  • Texting while driving
  • Checking phone notifications
  • Lighting a cigarette
  • Falling asleep
  • Eating and/or drinking
  • Grooming or putting on makeup
  • Daydreaming and losing focus
  • Talking, laughing or arguing with passengers
  • Making a phone call or talking on the phone
How to Help Prevent Future Car Accidents
  • Avoid eating and/or drinking
  • Groom before or after operating a vehicle and not while driving
  • Never drive when you feel tired or drowsy
  • When using a GPS system make sure it’s set prior to leaving
  • Avoid texting, checking emails or phone notifications
  • Always keep your eyes on the road at all times
  • Avoid intense conversations with passengers while driving
  • Leave earlier so you arrive at your destination safely
How to Determine the Other Driver Was at Fault

Determining whether or not the other driver was distracted during your car accident can be difficult. Damages and injuries caused by this type of car accident can lead to a loss in income and expensive medical bills.

If the other driver is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation to cover damages. You will need access to an aggressive New Hampshire car accident lawyer who understands the legal complexities of a side-impact accident.

At Anzalone Law Firm, PLLC, our New Hampshire car accident attorney will thoroughly investigate your accident and retrieve the evidence to help fight for your rights. When you’re involved in a car accident due to no fault of your own, you deserve to obtain full compensation.

For a free consultation contact us or call 603.548.3797.

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