Side Impact Collisions in Illinois
One of the most dangerous types of car accidents are side impact collisions, commonly referred to as “T-bone” collisions. Unlike passengers of front and rear impact collisions, passengers of side impact collisions do not have the protection of bumpers, an engine block, and crumple zones, which absorb some of the energy from the impact. The only thing protecting passengers in a side-impact collision is a layer of steel, glass and in some cases side curtain airbags. While more car manufacturers are providing side-curtain airbags as standard safety equipment, there is very little structure protecting the passengers from the force of impact of an oncoming vehicle. Consequently, there are unique injury risks with respect to side impact collisions.
Side Impact Collision Injuries
The lack of protection for riders in side impact collisions means that they have a high risk of fatality. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety one out of every four traffic deaths occurs in a side impact collision. Even people who do survive these sorts of collisions are at risk for serious traffic accident injuries.
Common injuries sustained in side-impact collisions include severe contusions, broken bones, chest injuries, abdominal injuries, spine injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs are often the result of impact damage to the brain inside the skulls. They can result in serious symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, strokes, comas, or even death.
Possible Causes of Side Impact Collisions
By their nature, side impact collisions are most likely to occur at intersections. Side impact collisions are often caused by speeding or distracted driving (texting, eating), which can result in the driver’s failure to observe a stop sign or traffic signal. Another common cause of these accidents is drunk driving. Driving under the influence results in slowed reaction times and poor vision that make a side impact collision more likely to occur.
Depending on the circumstances and timing of the accident, the driver at fault could be the one that is broadsided or the one that did the broadsiding. Many side impact collision lawsuits will turn on the fact-finding issue of which driver had the green light at the intersection. If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in a side impact traffic accident, contact an Aurora traffic accident attorney today. The lawyers at Woodruff Johnson & Evans are here to help you fight for the full compensation that you deserve.