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T-Bone Accident Risks You Need to Know to Bypass Catastrophic Injuries

A T-bone, or side impact collision, is when a vehicle slams into either the driver’s side or the passenger’s side of another vehicle. Side-impact accidents can be catastrophic because they affect a car’s most vulnerable areas. In both front and rear collisions, the vehicle occupants are somewhat protected from impact by the areas in the front and rear of the vehicle itself, known as crumple zones. These zones absorb the deadly force of the collision before it can reach the occupants. In a T-bone crash, the only protection the occupants have are the vehicle’s doors and skeletal frame. As a result, side-impact crashes can be more fatal than head-on and rear-end collisions. Furthermore, T-bone accidents are also more likely to cause the vehicle that was hit to slide, buckle, and roll over.

Common Causes of T-bone Accidents

Primary driving behaviors that most commonly end in catastrophic T-bone collisions include:

  • Failure to fully stop at an intersection, to yield at a stop sign, or pause at a red light. When a driver coasts through an intersection without stopping, he runs the risk of slamming into crossing traffic.
  • Failure to heed right-of-way when turning across traffic lanes. When turning, if a driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic, he runs the risk of colliding into the side of a vehicle or having the other vehicle collide into his side. The reverse is also true. If oncoming traffic fails to yield to a turning car, he runs the risk of causing a T-bone accident.
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road. Traffic rules and signs are in place for a reason—your protection. Ignoring these rules, or driving aggressively, can not only put you at risk but also place crossing traffic in jeopardy.
  • Failure to pay attention to crossing traffic. Distracted driving is a significant cause of many car accidents—side impact, front-end, and rear-end alike. When you can’t adequately focus on the road ahead, you can’t predict potential accidents. If you can’t predict an accident, you can’t keep yourself from causing it. 
  • Failure to drive for weather conditions. Wet, icy, and slippery roads can alter a driver’s ability to control his vehicle. If a driver is traveling at speeds too fast for the conditions, whether it is the speed limit or not, stopping distance will be increased by hydroplaning or slipping.

Letting a Bad Settlement Pass You By

Insurance companies can be extremely unforgiving when it comes to any type of car accident claim, but when the claim involves the overwhelming medical expenses of side-impact injuries, they get even more tightfisted.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm can get you the help and recovery your family needs after a side-impact collision. You’ll never be stuck with nowhere to turn as long as you have us helping you navigate through the crossroads of your accident. Schedule an appointment today by filling out our convenient contact form and see how we can help you move forward.