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Common Causes of Side Impact Crashes

A t-bone, or side impact, accident occurs when the front end of one car comes crashing into contact with the side of another car. This types of crashes can be especially traumatic as they commonly happen at higher speeds. If you are t-boned by a vehicle going at high speed, your vehicle may roll over or go into a spin. The resulting injuries can be serious and the emotional impact substantial. Know your legal options to recover compensation for your losses by contacting trusted New York personal injury attorney Michael LoGiudice.

What Are Common Causes of Side Impact Crashes?

When people act negligently and carelessly on the roads, crashes happen and people are hurt. This is very true of side impact crashes. This type of accident is often caused by another driver:

    Running a red light
    Failing to observe a stop sign
    Driving while distracted
    Driving while intoxicated
    Driving at excessive speeds

Unfortunately, those who exhibit these driving behaviors endanger everyone else at the road. If you have been involved in a car crash, be sure to protect your legal rights.

What Do I Do If I am Involved in a T-bone Crash?

Your actions immediately after a car crash may have a big impact on any personal injury claim you choose to pursue later on. It is an overwhelming experience, but keep the following in mind to try and protect yourself and your legal right to recover monetary compensation for the losses you have sustained as a result of the crash:

    Call the police to the accident scene. This will generate an official accident report, which you should get a copy of as soon as possible to check for any possible inaccuracies. Additionally, try to take pictures at the accident scene. Get the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident. All of these things can act as compelling evidence of your accident claim.
    Get necessary medical treatment. Even if you do not feel too hurt, go get checked out by a medical professional after an accident. The full extent of many accident injuries do not materialize for several days and by then you may have already put your personal injury claim in jeopardy for failure to seek immediate medical care. Follow your treating medical provider’s instructions and receive the follow-up care you need to get back on your feet.
    Notify your insurance company of the accident. You are contractually obligated to speak to your insurance company about the accident. They may ask you about your injuries. Try to keep it straight forward and always avoid speculating on the extent of your injuries. They will receive a copy of your medical records later on. If the insurance company for the at-fault driver contacts you, you are under no obligation to speak to them and it is a good idea to avoid doing so.
    Get damage estimates for your vehicle. Side impact crashes can result in a great deal of property damage to your vehicle. High property damage and illustrative pictures showing the full extent of the damage to your vehicle can help support your personal injury claim.

Insurance Companies Are Out to Undercut Your Claim. Get an Attorney That Will Fight for You.

As a seasoned personal injury attorney, Michael LoGiudice has seen time and again how insurance companies will try anything to get out of paying full and fair compensation to accident injury victims. He is not one to shy away from a fight and will not back down to big insurance companies that are trying to take advantage of his injured clients. Contact him today.

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