Lawsuits, Settlements & Verdicts In Side-Impact Crashes
A t-bone accident is a type of motor vehicle collision in which the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle, forming the "T". These crashes are also known as broadside collisions, side-impact, or right-angle accidents.
Depending on the part of the vehicle that is struck (door, quarter panels), safety features (airbags, side-impact airbags), traveling speed, vehicle weight, etc., the damage to the vehicles and the injuries to the occupants (drivers, passengers) that are involved in t-bone accidents are more likely to be severe.
Another reason this type of accident can be so dangerous is that if the impact is severe, the vehicle that has been hit may be spin, roll over, or be pushed into other vehicles, pedestrians, utility poles, buildings, etc.
Wrongful Death Due To Fatal T-Bone Accident
More than 50% of all automobile accident deaths involve a t-bone style collision. A broadside blow is more deadly than a head-on crash or rear-impact crash. In a right-angle impact collision the only thing separating between a person on the on-coming vehicle is glass and a thin door—no reinforcement or framing. For this reason side-impact, t-bone crashes are often fatal.
Those who are lucky enough to survive a t-bone impact collisions often suffer brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and back, neck and spine injuries. Occupants on the struck side of the vehicle often sustain far worse injuries than those received in rear-end crashes.
Causes of Side-Impact Accidents
T-Bone collisions are frequently caused by the at-fault driver’s failure to yield or give right of way to other vehicles. Those t-bone accidents that take place in an intersection or at a four-way stop are often caused by the at-fault driver’s failure to obey traffic signals, stop signs, or other traffic signals.
Power Outages, Traffic Light Failure, and Broken Stoplights Create a T-bone Accident Epidemic
When stop lights and traffic signals are not operational due to power-outages, fallen power lines, mechanical failure, maintenance, etc. there is often a sharp and immediate increase in the number of t-bone style collisions. City and county officials often scramble to install stop signs or put officers in place to direct traffic. Most states and municipalities have laws which dictate that if an intersection’s traffic lights are out of service the drivers of vehicles approaching such the intersection should proceed as though the intersection were controlled by stop signs on all approaches. However, during a traffic light failure many drivers ignore this rule and enter the intersection at a high rate of speed and t-bone accidents result.
T-Bone Accident Attorney
Because the injuries caused by a broadside accident are often more severe, t-bone accident victims typically have substantially high medical bills, lost wages, other economic damages, and pain & suffering losses. These kinds of cases can almost always benefit from the assistance of a car accident attorney that has the experience and expertise to competently negotiate and fair and reasonable settlement or courtroom jury award.