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Side Impact Accidents in Satellite Beach, FL

Side impact accidents are even more likely to cause serious bodily injuries compared to head on collisions and rear end collisions. The body is designed to bend forward and extend backwards; therefore, most drivers lack the flexibility to move with impact forces common in side impact accidents. The lack of flexibility leads to the severe injuries which result from these types of accidents.

Many vehicles are designed with crumple zones intended to absorb the impact felt during an accident. Despite various safety precautions including crumple zones, seat belts, airbags, and seat designs, cars are not designed to provide full protection to passengers in the event of a side impact.


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Schedule a Free Consultation with a Satellite Beach Personal Injury Attorney

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer in your corner after any motor vehicle accident can show the other party involved that you are serious about being fully compensated for your injuries.

Contact an attorney if you were injured in a side impact accident. James Coulter represents clients in side impact auto accidents in Brevard County, including Melbourne, West Melbourne, Titusville, Satellite Beach, Rockledge, Palm Bay, Indian Harbour Beach, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, or Cape Canaveral, FL.

Call  (321) 586-9944 as soon as possible after the accident to discuss the best ways to obtain justice in your case.


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Liable Parties in Side Impact Accidents

Typically, side impact accidents occur as a result of a careless driver. Drivers who fail to obey traffic signs, fail to yield, or speed are more likely to cause a side impact crash. Under Florida law, these careless drivers can be held liable for their actions and any injuries they cause as a result of their unsafe driving.

Negligent driving is most often the cause of side impact car accidents. Negligence can be defined as failure to act as a reasonably prudent person would act under the same line of facts. To show a driver’s negligence, your personal injury attorney will show the following:

  • Duty of care – Under Florida law, drivers owe a duty of care to each other when they drive. This duty includes an obligation to follow the rules of the road and to avoid any actions that can cause injury to others.
  • Breach of care – A driver breaches his or her duty to others by failing to act with reasonable care. One example of this includes failure to yield the right of way and speeding through an intersection.
  • Causation – The breached duty of care must be causally linked to the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Damages – Finally, the plaintiff must successfully show actual damages suffered due to his or her injuries. These damages may include lost wages, medical bills, or any related types of fees.

Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning even if the at-fault party can show that you were partly at fault for your injuries, you can recover damages in proportion to your degree of fault.


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More Information on Side Impact Accidents

DHSMV Statistics on Traffic Crashes in Florida- Search the site of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for recent statistics and general reports on motor vehicle safety and collisions in the state of Florida. This site also provides up to date reports on traffic statistics, and an annual list of motor vehicle-related fatalities by year. This includes accidents involving motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and the like throughout the state. The Florida DHSMV website also presents additional resources to find studies on traffic accidents, prevention, and methods to reduce risky driving on the road. 

Preventing Rollover and Side-Impact Collisions- Visit the website of Consumer Reports to find information on various types of motor vehicle crashes including side impact and rollover accidents and what can be done to prevent them. Also, this site gives a list of helpful hints and tips to preventing and survive car accidents. It gives information on the importance of your car’s safety features such as seatbelts, airbags, and similar features.


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Find an Auto Accident Attorney for Side-Impact Collisions in Satellite Beach, FL

For more information on your side impact accident case in Brevard County, FL. Whether your crash occurred in Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Rockledge, Titusville or the surrounding areas, personal injury attorney James Coulter can begin your representation today.

Contact The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944. Call for your immediate, no obligation, and consultation.


This article was last updated on Monday, October 10, 2016.

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