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The risk of injury is high in side impact vehicle collisions

Most people tend to fear front-end collisions over other types of car accidents. Although head-on accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, side impacts are also dangerous to drivers and passengers.

Side impacts, also called T-bone accidents, can affect the entire body and are responsible for many vehicle occupant deaths. It’s important to understand the injuries that may accompany a side impact to ensure sufficient financial compensation.

A lot happens in T-bone crashes

How many times is the human body impacted in a motor vehicle collision? According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at least three times.

  • Vehicle-to-vehicle impact jolts the body forward
  • Vehicle’s abrupt stop causes the body to impact stationary objects
  • Tissue and organs collide with internal cavities as they rebound from the other impacts

Some of the physical harm victims of side impact accidents commonly suffer include:

  • Chest and neck injuries
  • Organ or nerve damage
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Complete or partial paralysis

The NCBI also reports that aortic dissection and organ shear (tearing) are potential risks in T-bone vehicle accidents. These injuries have the potential to result in catastrophic effects. For example, aortic dissection is a medical emergency that typically leads to death in car crash victims.

There are many reasons to understand the precise nature of your car accident injuries. It helps ensure that you get the proper treatment and remain informed of your progress. This also allows you to seek accident compensation that addresses the full extent of your injuries. Another way to help ensure a fair settlement is by learning more about Louisiana’s injury and accident compensation laws