Side Impact Accidents

San Bernardino Side Impact Accident Attorneys

With Southern California’s growing population and active lifestyles, our roadways have become much busier than ever before. This increase in traffic, combined with the modern distractions a motorist faces while behind the wheel (i.e., texting, mobile phones, eating on the run), has heightened the risk of becoming involved in an automobile accident. Many of these Side Impact Accidents are occurring at busy intersections, and are often referred to as:

T-Bone Collision

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  • Side Impact Accidents
  • Right Angle Crashes
  • T-Bone Collisions

The term “T-Bone” is a nickname given to a particular type of impact–one in which the front end of an oncoming vehicle hits the door or side panel of another vehicle, forming a “T”.

These types of Side Impact Accidents are serious, and often can cause moderate to severe injuries, or tragically, sometimes result in death.

If you have recently been injured, or someone you care for has been either injured or killed, as a result of a T-Bone Collision, please contact our Southern California Car Accident Lawyers at SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation. From our Inland Empire-based offices, we offer FREE consultations to those injured throughout Southern California, including San Bernardino County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. Our skilled Auto Accident Lawyers charge no attorney’s fees, unless we recover for you or your loved ones.


Side Impact Accidents Have Many Causes

Driver inattention, driver negligence, or driver error can all contribute to the cause a Side Impact Accident, Right Angle Crashes, or T-Bone Collisions. Some common types of distractions and driver errors are:

  • Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
  • Failure to Slow at a Blind Intersection
  • Running a Red Light
  • Not Having Both Hands on the Steering Wheel While the Vehicle is in Motion
  • Texting While Driving
  • Internet Browsing While Driving
  • Talking On a Cell Phone While the Vehicle is in Motion
  • Reaching Down onto the Floorboard to Retrieve a Dropped Phone or Other Object
  • Trying to Dial a Phone Number While the Vehicle is in Motion
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
  • Eating While Driving
  • Drinking (or spilling) a Hot or Cold Beverage While Driving
  • Operating a Navigation System While Driving
  • Operating a Radio or Sound System While Driving


Other Possible Causes of a Side Impact Accident

Equipment failure can also be a contributing cause of an automobile accident. There are times when through no fault of their own, a motorist finds themselves involved in a Side Impact Accident due to a defect with their vehicle.  Possible motor vehicle defects can be:

  • Brake Failure
  • Tire Failure
  • Steering Problems
  • Stuck Accelerator (Gas Pedal)

If you have been involved in a Side Impact Accident due to equipment failure, it is very important that you have an experienced Accident Attorney working on your side. At SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation, we work with a team of accident investigation specialists, to reconstruct the cause of an accident. If our client is the victim of an accident due to a defective automobile, we will protect their rights, under California’s Products Liability laws.


Right Angle or Side Impact Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries

No two motor vehicle accidents are the same. The angle of impact with a Side Impact Accident, can be very different from the angle of impact with either a Head-On Collision or Rear-End Collision. Whether or not the vehicle is equipped with air bags, and if so, how many air bags are in place, what type of deployment technology they are designed to perform with. Side Impact airbags are very different from Front Impact airbags. Not all vehicles are equipped with Side Impact airbags. All these factors can affect the severity of the injuries sustained.

In the case of Side Impact Accidents, Right Angle Crashes, or T-Bone Collisions, the types of injuries that are caused will be from moderate to fatal, even from a slow-speed impact. Motor vehicles are designed to crumple differently, depending upon whether they are hit from the side, the front, the rear, or even the top/roof region. In a T-Bone Collision, the driver, as well as any other occupant of the vehicle, can experience varying degrees of the following types of injuries:

  • Head Trauma (Brain Injuries/Concussions) or (in a vehicle without side impact air bags, often Fatal, resulting in a possible Wrongful Death claim)
  • Neck Injuries (Whiplash)
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (possible Paralysis)
  • Lower Extremity Injuries (particularly to the Knee area)


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Contact an Experienced Southern California Car Accident Attorney

The San Bernardino California Auto Accident Lawyers at SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation, believe that those careless, or inattentive drivers who are responsible for Side Impact Accidents, Right Angle Crashes, or T-Bone Collisions, should be held accountable for the injuries and damages they cause.

If you have been injured, or someone you know has been injured or killed, in a T-Bone Collision, on a Southern California Roadway, Highway or Interstate, you need the assistance of a skilled Auto Accident Attorney, please call SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation, at 909.884.6451, to schedule a FREE consultation. We can answer your questions, and give you an honest assessment of your claim. Our legal team works tirelessly to get our clients the maximum compensation and benefits they are entitled to.


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