Side Impact Florida Car Accidents
Side impact collisions, also known as broadside crashes and t-bone collisions, occur when one car hits the side of another. These Florida car accidents can in fact be more risky and more likely to lead to fatalities and serious injuries than Florida rear-end collisions and front-end crashes. This is usually because with rear-end collisions and front-end crashes passengers are shielded by trunk space or the engine bay. With a side impact collision, there is usually very little padding and protection between the passenger and the car.
These Florida car accidents are usually caused when one car does not yield right of way of another car. These accidents typically occur at intersections, and at full speed. Although many drivers see right-of-way rules as simply a part of road etiquette, failing to yield right-of-way can literally lead to a fatality.
The passengers of the car that collides with the side of another car are usually less at risk. There is trunk space protecting the passengers and crumble zones that disperse part of the force. Unfortunately, this makes side impact collisions especially cruel. If someone behaves in a reckless or negligent way — such as running a red light, for example — it is often the person that they hit who suffers the most while the offender walks away with hardly a scratch. While some hitting vehicle drivers do sustain injuries, it is certainly not as common and injuries are rarely as severe as the injuries sustained to the car being hit.
T-bone accidents often take place when a car runs a red light or when a driver is driving aggressively or while distracted. This also makes them frustrating for victims, as these accidents are often largely preventable. If a driver runs a red light, or is distracted and does not notice a light change, an innocent driver or passenger’s life may be forever ruined by a permanent injury. As well, a responsible driver may do everything right but may still be affected by a side impact accident caused by negligent driver who does not stop for a red light or stop sign. This can be frustrating for victims who drive carefully but are injured by someone’s negligence.