Side-Impact and Angle
Collision Injury Lawyer


A side-impact collision occurs when one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle, also referred to as an angle collision. T-bone collisions are also in this category of crashes, depending on the angle of the crash and how it occurs, such as right-angle collisions. Side-impact collisions are some of the most dangerous types of car accidents, and can often lead to serious injuries, or even death in many cases.

If you’ve been involved in a side-impact or angle collision of any kind, there are several things you should know. Taking the right steps following a side-impact crash is critical due to the often-extreme nature of these collisions.

If you’ve been injured in a side-impact or angle collision, call Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers today at 800-800-4600 for a free case evaluation. Our personal injury lawyers can help you take back control and assist you through all the steps necessary. Control Starts With a Call.

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Side-Impact and Angle Collision Statistics

Statistics show that side-impact collisions are some of the most harmful and deadly types of car accidents to be involved in on the road.

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Common causes of side-impact collisions

Side-impact car collisions can often come as a shock to those involved. They happen quickly, leaving victims unprepared for the impact and with little to no options of escape from the wreck and damages.

A side-impact crash can occur for several reasons. Determining the cause of the wreck is one of the most important reasons why a car accident lawyer can help you. Some of the most common causes include:


As you can see, most of these causes can be avoided by driving safely and paying attention to the road; however, there are many cases where drivers are negligent and fail to follow traffic laws or are otherwise careless, resulting in side-impact collisions that can have long-lasting consequences for everyone involved.

If another driver caused you to suffer injuries as a result of their negligence, contact a personal injury firm as soon as possible so that you can understand your legal rights and get the compensation you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation at 800-800-4600

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What should I do after a side-impact car accident?

Check yourself and your passengers for injuries

If you are hurt in a side-impact collision, try not to move. Side-impact crashes are some of the most dangerous types of collisions, so it is best to wait for emergency services to arrive and evaluate your situation. The same is true for any passengers or loved ones who may be in the vehicle with you. Many injuries can be hard to detect after an accident, and moving yourself or anyone else can cause serious harm such as paralysis, spinal cord damage, or even wrongful death.

Seek medical attention.

Dial 911 and wait for emergency services to arrive. If the police arrive on the scene, they will conduct an initial investigation that you can retrieve at a later date (timing of availability will depend on which state the accident took place in).

You may be asked if you want an ambulance to take you or your passengers to the hospital. If you are in pain or have any injuries, you should highly consider this option. If you are not in pain initially, you can still opt to take an ambulance to ensure you are cared for immediately. If your vitals are critical, or if you sustain severe injuries, you may not be given an option, and emergency personnel will help you get the immediate medical attention you need. This is not the time to be worried about bills – your health needs to be prioritized.

If you decide not to make use of an ambulance or emergency services, you should still seek medical attention from your doctor, local hospital or clinic as soon as possible following the accident. Accident victims sometimes make the mistake of waiting too long to be medically evaluated or they do not get looked at by a qualified physician at all. This can harm your personal injury case, as you will need to prove the injuries you have suffered (or are suffering) are a direct result of the side-impact collision. Some injuries caused by accidents can appear days or even weeks later. Getting medical attention after an accident is the best way to guarantee your recovery from these injuries.

Exchange information with the other driver

If you are able, exchange information with the driver of the vehicle that hit you. The most important information to gather is:

  • Full name and contact information of the other driver
  • Insurance policy and policy number (if the driver is uninsured, it is important to understand this as well)
  • Driver’s license and license plate number
  • Type, color and model of their vehicle

When speaking to the other driver or the police, it is important that you do not discuss fault. In the rush of the moment, car accident victims often make this mistake, but it’s important to understand that a combination of the insurance company claim, the collision report, photographs of the scene, witness statements, and, if needed, investigations by your personal injury attorney will determine fault in a side-impact or T-bone collision.

Document the accident and the scene

Documenting the scene of the accident is important for several reasons. Following an auto accident, victims are typically in shock, and therefore may have challenges remembering specific details. While a lawyer can help in many ways, having the most information possible can strengthen your case and help to ensure you recover fair compensation, especially concerning side-impact collisions where fault may be questioned.

You should also document:

  • Time of day the accident occurred.
  • The speed in which you were traveling.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Any witnesses and their contact information, including phone number, mailing address and email address.
  • Notes of any other relevant details that may help you and your attorney prove fault.

Photograph the scene in a way that tells a story

Photographs are some of the most important pieces of evidence you can gather following a side-impact collision. Some of the most important pictures to take are:

  • The position of each of the vehicles in their resting state following the crash. Take photos from opposite corners so you can see all four sides.
  • Any markings that are left on the road, such as brake/skid marks or other indicators of a vehicle attempting to avoid the collision.
  • Exterior or interior damage to the vehicles involved.
  • Road conditions, traffic signals and where the vehicles are in relation to these elements. This is especially important when documenting a T-bone accident scene due to the nature of how these accidents are caused.
  • Any visible injuries that you or your passengers sustained in the wreck.
  • Photos of the license tags, ID numbers and unique markings of autos/vehicles belonging to persons who claim to be witnesses but won’t identify themselves. A photo of the witness’s license plate may prove helpful should the witness(es) leave the scene unexpectedly.
  • Take all remaining shots of items you feel will help show how or why the side-impact crash happened.

Contact an experienced car accident lawyer

Don’t let the insurance company come to their own conclusion regarding the cause of a side-impact collision. If you are able, obtain all the photos you can of the scene and note any details that may be helpful. They will serve as evidence and can often prove fault when seeking compensation for hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and damages to your vehicle. In many cases, photos and other details can be the most valuable tools for you and your car accident lawyer when fighting insurance companies that do not want to fully compensate you for your injuries or other damages.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation.

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Common injuries following side-impact collisions

After any motor vehicle accident there is the possibility of injuries. In right-angle T-bone accidents or other broadside collisions, injuries can be serious and require extensive treatment or even lead to death due to the limited protection that most cars offer. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain injuries (TBI) and concussions. Brain injuries may not be recognized immediately. They can often show up days, weeks or even months after an accident, which makes seeking medical attention very important following a wreck so that potential injuries can be identified as soon as possible.
  • Broken bones. These types of car accidents often lead to broken bones due to the limited protection that the sides of vehicles provide. Depending on the speed in which you were struck, a bone injury or multiple bone injuries can occur and can be very serious.
  • Wrongful death is also a possibility when evaluating side-impact collisions and should be handled by an experienced attorney.
  • Lacerations or puncture wounds can occur because of broken glass or other parts of the vehicle giving way to the impact.
  • Internal injuries are also common in side-impact crashes and can cause significant problems. The liver and kidneys are the most common organs to be impacted, however, any organ that has been damaged can cause internal bleeding.
  • Neck and spinal damage, including whiplash. Most people think of head-on or rear-end collisions when they think of whiplash, but side-impact accidents can also cause neck injuries and whiplash as the head is thrust side-to-side.
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How can a law firm help me after a side-impact collision?

An experienced law firm and an attorney can help you in a number of ways following an injury caused by another driver. A personal injury lawyer works with you to review all aspects of your case and helps you to determine what your case is worth. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will rarely offer you a settlement that is adequate, so having a lawyer can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery.

Hughes & Colman Injury Lawyers offer a free case evaluation so you can know your legal options and legal rights. Additionally, our personal injury lawyers:

  • Help our clients obtain the medical attention they need and work to ensure a regular schedule is in place for care.
  • Take over communications with the insurance companies so that you can focus on recovery.
  • Coordinate with the billing departments of the providers to reduce unnecessary phone calls or harassment.
  • Work with the available insurance coverage and help you recover compensation for your lost wages
  • Review your insurance information, insurance claim and any initial settlement offers to ensure you get every dollar you deserve.
  • Seek compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.
  • Guide you through the process, offer support, and make sure that the legal process works in your favor.

What damages can I sue for or claim?

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
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Call Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation

If you’ve been injured in side-impact collision that wasn’t your fault, we are here to help. We have handled thousands of car accident cases and are ready to fight for you.


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