Side impact crashes are a very common type of vehicle collision and, unfortunately, they often lead to injuries. When you have been hurt as the result of a crash, it is wise to consult an experienced lawyer to find out if you may be entitled to damages from any party who was responsible. We also help accident victims in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Call our side impact accident lawyers in Queens at 718-441-5050 to find out whether you may be legally entitled to compensation for your harm.
A side impact collision is any accident in which at least one vehicle is struck on its side. This includes direct broadside accidents, called “T-bone” collisions, which often happen at intersections and in parking lots, where cars are moving perpendicular to one another. Side impact crashes also include collisions in which one vehicle glances off the side of the other vehicle, such as when a driver attempting to change lanes or enter or leave a highway from a ramp collides with a vehicle in an adjacent lane.
Many of these types of accidents come about due to negligence by one or more of the drivers involved. Under New York law, a personal injury claim based on negligence may arise when a defendant owes a duty of care to the plaintiff, the defendant breaches this duty of care, the breach causes an injury, and the injury results in actual damages to the victim. When it comes to vehicle accidents, all drivers owe a duty of care to others around them to follow traffic laws and to observe the rules of the road. They also must operate their vehicles as carefully as the ordinary person would in similar circumstances. Someone who falls short of this standard, whether by texting while driving, failing to check blind spots, or engaging in some other negligent behavior, probably would be deemed to have breached the duty of care.
Once a breach has been shown, a car accident victim would need to draw a direct causal link from the careless conduct to the harm that he or she suffered. It is important to show that this would not have happened if the defendant had acted as carefully as the typical person would have behaved. Any defendant who is found liable for a crash may be required to compensate the victim for economic and non-economic damages arising from it. These can include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, damage to a vehicle, or scarring and disfigurement. However, a car crash victim should lose no time in asserting his or her rights. State law imposes a statute of limitations on negligence claims, and people who fail to file within this set time window face the prospect of having their claims permanently barred.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a collision, or if you have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, The Cassisi Law Firm can help. Our Queens side impact accident lawyers are diligent and experienced.
For a free consultation to find out what your options are and whether you may have a case for negligence, contact us at 718-441-5050, or by using the online form. We offer free, confidential consultations to accident victims throughout New York.