Side-impact collisions occur when one vehicle strikes another on its side, typically at a right angle. These car accidents often happen at intersections, where one driver fails to yield the right of way or runs a red light. The driver's side of the vehicle is the most vulnerable in such scenarios due to the limited protection offered by the door and window.
In a side-impact collision, the driver and passengers on the impacted side are at high risk of sustaining serious injuries. These injuries can have long-lasting physical and emotional effects, requiring extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Common side-impact collision injuries include:
- Head injuries: Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and skull fractures can occur due to the head's impact with the window or door.
- Spinal injuries: Damage to the spinal cord, herniated discs, and other back injuries may result from the force of the collision.
- Fractures: Bone fractures, especially in the arms and legs, are common due to the direct impact on the vehicle's side.
- Internal injuries: Organ damage and internal bleeding can occur when the body is subjected to extreme forces.