Side Impact Crashes Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia

Side Impact Crashes

When two vehicles collide end-to-end, the result is often not that serious. These are what we tend to call “fender benders.” But when one vehicle hits another from the side, that is a different story. Side impact collisions often lead to catastrophic injury–or death–for the people in the impacted vehicle, as the door of a car offers virtually no protection against the force of several thousand pounds of force.

T-bone accidents are often the result of negligence. And if you are one of the innocent victims of such negligence, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and related losses. A qualified Richmond side impact crashes lawyer can advise and represent you. Attorney Ryan Wind has more than a decade of experience in helping clients through the Richmond area in negotiating settlements and litigating claims arising from side impact crashes–and he can help ensure that the driver who caused your accident is held legally accountable.

Negligence Often Leads to Intersection Collisions

Side impact crashes tend to occur at intersections. One vehicle is legally in the intersection when a second vehicle enters illegally. The front of the second vehicle then impacts the door-side of the first vehicle.

Most of these collisions are not intentional. But they are the result of negligence. Some of the more common reasons side impact crashes occur include:

  • Speeding. When someone is driving past the posted speed limit, or simply too fast for current road conditions, they may breeze past a stop sign or stop signal and enter an intersection illegally.
  • Distractions. Drivers are often distracted by their cell phones, talking with their passengers, or simply allowing their mind to wander. This can lead them to miss a stop signal and think they have the right of way to proceed into an intersection.
  • Alcohol and drugs. If a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs–even legally prescribed medications–their reflexes may be dulled to the point where they fail to obey a stop signal.

A negligent driver who causes a side impact crash can be held legally liable for injuries sustained by others. Insurance will often cover such accidents. But keep in mind, many drivers only carry the minimum amount of insurance required by Virginia law, which is often far less than is necessary to fully compensate all victims. The victims may be eligible for additional coverage under their own policy if they carry uninsured motorist coverage. And if the negligent driver has substantial personal assets, those may be available to pay any subsequent personal injury judgment.

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Contact Our Side Impact Crashes Lawyers in Richmond & Tappahannock Today

A side impact crash often leaves victims with severe injuries that require extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation. You can recover these costs plus other losses through a personal injury claim. A skilled Richmond personal injury lawyer can review your accident and advise you of your rights. So if you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible, contact Wind Law, LLC, today to schedule an initial consultation.