Side-impact accidents, also known as broadside or T-bone collisions, occur when one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These types of accidents can involve standard-sized cars, as well as motorcycles or trucks. Side-impact collisions can lead to significant injuries to those involved, since the side of any vehicle does not offer the same protections as the front or back may, even when an accident occurs at lower speeds. Queens car accident lawyer Marc S. Albert assists with legal claims arising out of a side-impact accident so that drivers liable for another person’s injuries are rightfully tasked with aiding in the victim’s recovery costs. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert has offered dedicated and seasoned legal representation to people throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 20 years, including securing million-dollar awards on behalf of many injured clients. If you were involved in a serious side-impact accident, contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.Injuries Sustained in Side-Impact Accidents
Unlike rear-end collisions, in which drivers and passengers may be kept safer by front airbags and the extension of a vehicle’s trunk, side-impact accidents are not subject to these protections. Some vehicles do not even have side airbags at all, making people involved in these types of collisions vulnerable to more serious injuries, such as broken bones, shoulder injuries, brain trauma, spinal cord damage, and other life-altering conditions. There are many factors that may contribute to causing a side-impact accident, which often arise from the carelessness of the striking driver. Some of the most common causes of side-impact collisions include:
- Failure of one vehicle to stop at a stop sign.
- A vehicle running a red light.
- Making a left turn without ample time to avoid oncoming traffic.
- Engaging in aggressive driving maneuvers.
- Drivers distracted by a phone or other device.
- Failure to yield the right of way.
In New York, victims who have been injured in a side-impact accident can retain an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim against a negligent party to recover damages sustained as a result of their injuries.Holding Negligent Parties Accountable Through Legal Action
Personal injury lawsuits are based on the legal theory of negligence. Carelessness rises to the legal level of negligence when an individual breaches his or her owed duty of care to another person, causing injuries and resulting in damages. Each motorist owes other road users a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act when given the same, or similar, circumstances. A driver who runs a red light, striking another vehicle with the right of way, would likely be found negligent. In New York, even if a victim is partially, or even substantially, at fault for an accident leading to his or her own injuries, damages from another negligent party are often still available. New York is a ‘pure comparative negligence’ state, which means that a victim’s damages are distributed in proportion to each party’s degree of liability. Therefore, a victim found 50 percent at fault for an accident can still receive half of their losses from the other responsible party. Victims who prevail in their cases may receive compensation for past and future medical costs, diminished earning capacity, and lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages.Contact a Queens Lawyer to Pursue Your Car Accident Case
Side-impact collisions often leave victims with significant injuries that require long recovery times, and sometimes they may even be fatal. Attorney Marc S. Albert understands that victims and families need to be focused on their recovery in the aftermath of a devastating accident. In the meantime, he remains focused on preserving and advocating for these victims’ legal rights so that they may have the financial resources that they need to aid in that recovery. Our Queens firm assists clients throughout New York City and Long Island from offices in Astoria and Syosset. If you have been injured in a side-impact accident caused by a distracted or otherwise negligent driver and would like to learn more about your legal rights, contact our office today online or at 855-252-3788 to discuss your options.