Types of Car Crashes in Delaware: Broadside Collisions
Protecting the rights of the injured in Wilmington, Seaford and Newark, DE
In a broadside collision, the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. Also referred to as T-bone collisions, broadside crashes often result in serious injuries and fatalities. When two vehicles that are in motion collide, the forces are tremendous. In vehicles that have side airbags, the force of the impact will be distributes somewhat, and the seatbelts will also mitigate those forces to some degree, but serious injuries and death can occur depending on the rate of speed and whether the front of the car pushes the car it hits into another vehicle or a stationary object such as a tree, a light pole or a wall. In some accidents, the car that has gotten hit broadside can begin a rollover spiral this possibly causing a secondary crash.
At the law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we are here to help Delaware auto accident victims get the compensation they deserve when they have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another. We seek justice on our clients’ behalf, and we stop at nothing to protect the rights of the injured.
Causes of broadside car accidents
There many circumstances on the road that can lead to a broadside crash, including:
- Distracted driving. A driver might be scrolling through their feed, or responding to a text message without realizing until it is too late that they just rolled through an intersection.
- Failure to come to a complete stop in an intersection. A driver might come to a very familiar intersection and roll right through because they are confident that there is not usually any oncoming traffic. Then the next thing they know they see a car coming at them out of the corner of their eye.
- Aggressive driving. Road rage, impatience and aggression are a bad combination when you are behind the wheel. When one driver believes that they own the road and ignore the fact that they do not have the right of way, they can cause a terrible accident if another car tries to use their vehicle to retaliate.
- Drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel when you have had too much to drink might be the ultimate in negligent behavior. Alcohol impairs a driver’s judgement causing them to not be as alert as they should be when driving thus putting themselves and other drivers in danger especially at a four-way intersection where T-bone collisions often occur.
- Mechanical failure. A driver is driving along and they hit the brakes but their car doesn’t stop, or maybe your steering wheel all of a sudden is not responding. If you are driving into an intersection with failed brakes.
Is it necessary to hire a lawyer after a T-bone car crash?
Was there chaos and confusion at the accident scene, and the question of who actually caused the crash is now in dispute? Did you suffer injuries serious enough to require surgery and miss time at work? If you can answer “yes” to these questions then chances are you could benefit from speaking to a Delaware auto attorney who focuses on personal injury and auto accidents, like we do at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman. You need an attorney who has experience doing accident reconstruction, and taking a hard line in negotiations with the insurance company. You do not have to worry about whether you can afford an attorney because they take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay any lawyer’s fees until after they have won compensation for you. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we have helped countless clients before you obtain compensation after they were injured in a broadside auto accident.
Contact a trusted auto accident law firm to discuss your case today
When you hire the knowledgeable Delaware auto accident lawyers at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, you can feel confident that you have a strong advocate in your corner who will protect your rights. We work hard to get the best compensation possible when you have been injured. You may call us at 302-888-2900 or fill out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation in one of our offices in Wilmington, Newark and Seaford.