Ventura Side-Impact Crash Lawyer
If you’re reading this, you’re likely looking for answers about side-impact crashes, also known as “T-bone” or “broadside” crashes. First off, we’re truly sorry to hear that you might be dealing with the aftermath of an accident like this, but we are here to remind you that you have options, and no matter how serious the accident or injuries, you might still be able to obtain the right amount of compensation that will enable you to recover to the fullest extent possible and live your best life after a crash. We’re Zavala Law, a personal injury law firm proudly serving the residents of Ventura County, and we’re here to help you sort through the complexities of a serious car accident. Contact our experienced Ventura side-impact crash lawyer today.
Understanding Side-Impact Crashes
Side-impact crashes rank second (after head-on collisions) among the types of car accidents that most often result in fatalities. One-fourth of all traffic deaths occur in side-impact crashes, and these accidents are most likely to cause injury to back-seat passengers. Because children are most often riding in the back seat, side-impact crashes are responsible for one-third of all fatal car accidents involving children.
Side-impact collisions are especially dangerous because the sides of most vehicles aren’t as fortified as the front or back, and vehicle occupants are closer to the sides of the car than the front or back. That means there’s less material to absorb the force of the crash, putting drivers and passengers at a higher risk for severe injuries or even fatalities. The worst accidents happen when a taller car like a pickup truck or SUV hits a smaller car, the grille of the heavier vehicle striking the car at its windows and posts. These are the kinds of crashes most likely to end in a fatality or catastrophic injury.
What causes side-impact crashes? They happen for many different reasons, and depending on the circumstances, either driver or both might bear responsibility for the accident. Leading causes of side-impact collisions in Ventura County include the following:
- A driver runs a red light or stop light, often at high speed.
- One car pulls into the intersection from a stop but before the light is green or the way is clear.
- A driver pulls directly into traffic from a driveway, alleyway, or side street.
- A driver quickly backs out of a parking space without first looking to see if the coast is clear.
- A driver speeds heedlessly through a parking lot.
- Making a right turn from the left-hand lane or a left turn from the right-hand lane.
- Making a left turn while cars are coming from the opposite direction.
- Passing a car on the right as that driver is about to execute a right turn.
Who Is Zavala Law, and How Can We Help?
Matt Zavala, our lead attorney, didn’t start representing injury victims fresh out of law school. First, he spent a decade in the trenches of insurance defense, so he knows how insurance companies approach cases, how they value claims, when they settle and when they fight, and the tactics they use to try and avoid liability or lessen the amount they have to pay. In addition, Matt has a boatload of trial and litigation experience, so if your case isn’t settling for the right amount, or if the facts and legal issues are in dispute, he is able and willing to go to court and secure a jury verdict in your favor.
As a client of Zavala Law, you’ll also appreciate the high level of customer service our firm is committed to. We focus on providing a positive client experience by keeping clients informed of the status of their cases. You can call to talk to Matt and reach him personally; you won’t be passed off to his assistant or secretary. You’ll also find Matt very easy to relate to. He’ll take the time to understand your needs, explain your options, and make recommendations, and he is here to hold your hand and guide you through what may be an unfamiliar and otherwise daunting process. Our dual focus is on getting a good outcome while making sure you are cared for along the way.
Contact Zavala Law Today
Your recovery is what drives us. So if you or a loved one is dealing with a side-impact crash in Ventura County, give Zavala Law a call at 805-429-4292 for a free consultation. We’re here to answer your questions, guide you through the legal maze, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.