Side Impact Car Accidents
Dedicated Fort Worth accident lawyer Bill Berenson has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you with your side impact auto or truck crash. With nearly 40 years of experience representing accident victims and being Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for the majority of his career, Mr. Berenson understands what to do to help his clients.Side Impact Accidents in the DFW Area
40 percent of all traffic collisions occur in intersections. The driver is usually not paying attention and so fails to slow down or, worse, accelerates through a traffic light to beat the red light. For this reason, “T-bone” accidents, are often severe and result in serious injury. How could a driver not see a red light or a stop sign? Typically, the negligent driver was texting, distracted, drunk, or speeding too fast to stop.Who is Liable for a Broadside Collision?
The driver who was stuck is not necessarily free from fault. Liability depends upon who had the right of way. To make this determination, our attorney analyzes who had the right to occupy the space at the moment of impact based upon Texas laws and the concept of last clear chance. For example, a driver making an improper left turn may be liable for the accident if the other driver did not have time to brake. However, the second driver would be liable if he could have stopped had he not been texting.The Dangers of Side Impact Accidents
In cases where one driver crashes into the driver’s side of another car, the driver who has been hit is only inches from the point of impact, increasing the risk of serious injury. Traditionally, the sides of a car are the weakest part of an automobile, and while most cars and trucks can withstand significant pressure to the front or back before “crushing,” it takes less force to cause serious damage to the side of an automobile.
To combat this danger, auto manufacturers create “crumple zones” that are designed to give way when placed under stress. This distributes the force of a blow away from the driver and passengers. These crumple zones, when combined with side-impact airbags, can prevent some of the injuries when one car broadsides another. However, crumple zones and airbags cannot fully protect a vehicle’s occupants when broadsided at high speed. Also, these safety precautions cannot prevent a car or truck from rolling over when struck from the side.
Causes of Side Impact Accidents The large number of T-bone crashes that occur in the Dallas-Fort Worth area belies the fact that they are nearly entirely preventable. Side impact accidents commonly occur when a negligent motorist:
- Runs a stop sign or stop light
- Fails to look before pulling out into traffic
- Makes an improper U-turn
- Makes an improper left turn at an intersection
- Backs out into a road without making sure the roadway is clear
- Fails to yield to a driver who has the right of way
- Drives too quickly for the conditions of the road
The law allows victims of side impact accidents to recover for the negligent driving of the at-fault motorist. If you have recently been involved in a side impact accident, you should retain the services of an experienced and dedicated car accident lawyer to ensure that your claim is treated with the urgency and seriousness it deserves.
Fort Worth accident attorney Bill Berenson has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has close to 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases. He understands how difficult it can be to have suffered a serious accident and strives to make the legal recovery process as easy and efficient as possible. Contact us online, or call us at 817-855-0000 locally or 1-888-801-8585 toll-free to set up a free initial consultation with an good accident lawyer in the Fort Worth area.