Experience and Results When You Need us Most

Side Impact Car Accidents

Maine personal injury attorneys in Briggs & Wholey understand the difficulties their clients face while recovering from severe car accident injuries. They see them through the anxieties of mounting medical bills, providing for their families, and attempting to return to work with unhealed injuries. This understanding motivates car accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey to aggressively find all compensation available to help their clients return to better health and financial stability following an auto accident.

Side Impact Car Accidents Are More Likely to Cause Serious Injury

Side impact crashes occur when another vehicle hits your car or motorcycle from the side as you are backing out of a driveway or passing through an intersection. Most of the impact is borne by the driver or passengers on the side of the crash because there is no trunk or front end to cushion the brunt of the force from the impact. One study found that side impact crashes carry a higher rate of death and serious injury than front or rear-end car accidents. Specifically, while only one fifth of car accidents were attributed to side impact crashes, a full one third of the fatalities stemming from car accidents overall originated from side impact collisions. Side impact crashes were also more likely to cause injuries of greater severity, especially to the abdominal and chest regions of the body.

If you or someone you love has suffered a side impact car accident injury, call the Maine side impact car accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey to discuss your case today. With nearly 30 years of experience representing victims of side impact accidents, we know the nuances of the insurance industry and the leading experts to use in support of your case. We realize you need effective solutions, and will proudly utilize our knowledge to work toward the best settlement or verdict for you.

We Use Experts to Present Your Best Case

In light of the statistics above, the effects of side impact collisions have been researched extensively in an effort to improve vehicles and limit injury. For example, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have both developed side impact crash tests to rate vehicles and encourage further development of safer structures and air bags. Each organization has its own testing methods to account for the many variables in a side impact car accident. The height, weight, and age of a victim can greatly affect the type and severity of an injury, which alters the medical care needed and the length of recovery time.

In a personal injury lawsuit, an injured party is able to receive compensation for medical bills incurred, future medical expenses, and other damages as a result of the harm sustained. However, in order to prove damages, expert testimony is often necessary to explain what happened in a crash, and how it injured the driver or passengers in a vehicle. That kind of testimony frequently relies on the kind of government and industry research described above, and can aid a fact finder in analyzing complex information to determine the extent of the victims’ injuries and necessary treatment. Occasionally an expert may be challenged by the responding parties under State of Maine v. Thomas Williams, 388 A.2d 500 (Me. 1978) or Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993) on the basis that the expert is not qualified to testify about the subject matter at issue.

We Have the Experience to Help You Recover the Compensation You Need

The Maine side impact car accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have successfully litigated numerous personal injury claims involving side impact car accidents. We know how to present the best scientific evidence and withstand any and all legal challenges presented by the opposing parties. The goal of attorney Alison Wholey is to maximize your compensation so that you can return to normalcy as soon as possible. If you have been injured in a side impact car accident, call us for a free consultation at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.

Donald Briggs C. Donald Briggs, III Feb. 7, 1954 - Sept. 7, 2014 Your dedication and hard work continue...