Side impact car accidents can cause some of the most serious injuries to drivers and passengers.
A side impact car crash, as the name implies, happens when a vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. Depending on the exact location of the collision, the driver or passengers can suffer serious injuries, even if the vehicle is equipped with airbags and passengers are wearing a seatbelt.
Types of Injuries in Side Impact Car Accidents
The NHTSA conducted a study to understand the characteristics of injuries suffered by people in various age groups in traffic crashes including side impact collisions. The study found that older drivers were at a higher risk of serious injuries in left-sided impact accidents. The study also found that there was a reduction in the severity of injuries if the person was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the side impact crash.
However, left side impact accidents caused catastrophic injuries to the chest and head, while causing less severe injuries to the lower parts of the body. The older the driver, the more likely the driver suffered chest injuries in a side impact accident.
The Type of Vehicle Involved
The severity of a side impact car accident depends on the type of vehicle that is being driven. If the side impact crash is caused by a heavier vehicle such as a truck or SUV, the potential for a serious injury is higher. The latest models of vehicles come equipped with advanced safety features, such as air bags, that reduce the severity of injury from a side impact crash.
Causes of Side Impact Car Accidents
Side impact crashes account for about 25 percent of all fatal crashes and 40 percent of them lead to serious injuries. This is because the front of a car can absorb almost 5 times as much impact as the side of it. Every year, about 8,500 people are killed in side impact collisions. Most of these serious side impact crashes occur because of a driver’s failure to yield to a red light, stop sign, or another signal. These crashes are also known as broadside collisions or T-bone auto accidents.
St. Louis Car Crash Attorneys
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a side impact accident caused by the negligence of another driver, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242. We will help you recover compensation for damages for the injuries that you and your passengers have suffered.