There are many different types of car wrecks that can happen in Orange County, all of them dangerous with the potential for serious injuries and even loss of life. However, one type of accident, the side impact collision, stands out as both especially common and very dangerous.
A California side impact collision, or side-swipe, happens when one car slams into the side of another. These types of Huntington Beach car accidents are most common in intersections, when one car fails to stop at a light or a stop sign. Thus, they are usually the product of negligent driving, where the person obeying the law is the one that pays the price.
Side swipe accidents are especially dangerous not just because the speed and force involved, but also because they hit a vehicle where it is most vulnerable. Safety features for the side of cars, such as side airbags, are far behind those for frontal collisions, and the frames of side doors are not built to withstand extreme force.
While those involved in a side-swipe Huntington Beach car wreck may sustain the normal array of broken bones, dislocations, and sprains, they may also be subject to debilitating back or neck injuries as well. The whiplash that normally goes together with side impact collision wrecks can even cause fatal or near-fatal brain injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver in a side-swipe Huntington Beach car crash, you know the pain and difficulty it can cause. You should also know that you are not without options. You may be able to earn financial compensation as a result of the accident.
If you want to learn more about your legal rights in these cases, a step we encourage all people to take, you should call the California personal injury lawyers of Russell & Lazarus today at 888.268.9228 and schedule a FREE consultation. There is no obligation and you have nothing to lose.