Side Impact Collisions
According to Georgia law, it is illegal to violate traffic rules while operating a motor vehicle and cause a side impact collision. A side impact collision, also called a T-bone accident, is an accident involving a driver hitting the side of another motor vehicle. The driver may hit the passenger or driver side of the car.
If you are involved in a side impact accident, Georgia law allows you to obtain compensation via a personal injury lawsuit.Injuries Involved in a Georgia Side Impact Accident
Due to their nature, side impact collisions are one of the most dangerous and deadly forms of car accidents occurring on Georgia roads. Injuries typically sustained in a side impact accident may vary depending on the seriousness of the impact.
The most common types of side impact accident injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
Damages, or money, sought in a personal injury accident include all accident-related expenses. These expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Decreased income capacity
You can obtain compensation from your side impact accident in one of two ways - settlement or lawsuit. A settlement is a negotiated agreement between you and the at-fault party. You accept a lump sum or series of payments, and in return, you give up your right to sue.
If you and the other driver cannot agree to the settlement, you can prove your case to a jury or judge by showing:
- The driver owed you a legal duty to avoid harming you in a side impact accident
- The driver did not uphold that legal duty to protect you. This means they breached their legal duty not to cause an accident.
- The accident led to your injuries
- The driver owes you damages to cover your accident-related expenses
Financial costs will occur, as well. These expenses can include medical bills for you or your children, lost or reduced wages, pain and suffering, repair and rental bills, and even funeral expenses and wrongful death benefits. It is not easy to recover, both physically and financially from the effect of a serious car accident. Often, negligent drivers and their insurance companies are uncooperative and are capable of delaying and denying responsibility for the harm caused. They may try to avoid liability even though it is the right thing to do.
This is why it is vital to have a seasoned lawyer who has dealt with insurance companies and reticent defendants on your side. A competent and wise attorney is essential to provide for a proper resolution after a side impact collision. If you have been injured or your property damaged after a side impact collision contact the Persons Firm by calling (770) 424-5125 immediately for a free consultation.