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Side impact automobile accidents, also known as t-bone accidents, occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These accidents frequently occur at intersections when a driver fails to follow traffic signs or signals or when a vehicle enters street traffic from a parking lot, alley, or driveway. Spokane side impact accident attorneys know that t-bone accidents can be very dangerous, often causing severe injuries and fatalities. Front and rear bumpers help protect automobile occupants in accidents when the impact occurs at the front or back of the vehicle, but automobiles do not have side bumpers to absorb side impacts leaving automobile occupants, especially those seated on the impact side of the vehicle, vulnerable to injuries in t-bone accidents.

Common concerns after side impact accidents

Attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC not only work to secure compensation for injured clients after an accident, but they also work with their clients after an accident to make sure that their immediate needs and concerns are addressed. Due to the significant injuries that are frequently sustained in side impact accidents, injured parties often have a number of concerns related to the aftermath of these accidents including the following:

  • When injuries are severe, accident victims often worry about medical treatment and expenses including necessary future medical care.
  • Accident injuries sometimes lead to missed work which may mean lost wages.
  • Transportation can be an issue when automobiles are not drivable due to accident damage.
  • Long term and permanent disabilities cause many concerns including those related to the ability to work, drive, and necessary handicap accommodations.
  • Along with physical injuries and property damage, serious accidents often result in emotional trauma and pain and suffering.
  • When injuries are serious, the ability to take care of children and perform regular household services and duties can be impacted.

Wrongful death

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, side impact accidents sometimes end in fatal injuries, especially when occupants are seated on the side of the vehicle that was impacted. Under Washington law, when someone suffers fatal injuries caused by another person’s fault, certain close family members may bring a wrongful death claim to recover damages that they personally suffered due to losing their loved one. Wrongful death claims are often emotional and difficult for family members, but securing compensation to protect the surviving family members’ financial future can relieve some financial stresses allowing families to work on rebuilding their lives and to focus on emotional recovery.

Survival actions

Sometimes survival actions are also available in fatal accident cases. Washington law permits the deceased’s estate to recover for injuries and damages sustained by the deceased prior to his or her death. Survival actions are only permitted in limited circumstances, so it is important to speak with an experienced attorney to determine recovery options.

Contact a Spokane side impact accident attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC to discuss details of your accident and injuries sustained by you or a loved one. Our attorneys handle side impact and other types of car accident claims on a regular basis and they are ready to help you seek the recovery that you and your family deserve.

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Date published: 2018-02-20
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