A side impact collision, often called a T-bone car accident, happens when the side of one vehicle is hit by the front end of another vehicle. This type of accident often results in serious injuries to occupants of both vehicles and is responsible for a large number of car accident fatalities. Around 26 percent of all fatal auto accidents are side-impact collisions. This type of accident accounts for about 9,000 deaths annually nationwide.
How Do T-Bone Crashes Happen?
T-bone accidents most commonly occur at intersections, for example when a driver runs a red light or ignores a stop sign and collides with another car. They can also occur when vehicles are passing on a multi-lane highway, merging into traffic, or when a car skids out of control and hits another vehicle.
Side impact collisions usually cause the car that is struck to turn or spin from its original position on the road. In some cases, a side impact can even cause a car to roll over. Sometimes nearby pedestrians are also injured or killed.
Side-Impact Airbags Help, But Can’t Prevent All Injuries
In newer model cars, side-impact air bags can help protect passengers in T-bone accidents. However, these accidents often result in multiple impacts. Air bags deploy on the initial impact and immediately deflate, offering no protection on subsequent impacts.
Types of Injuries Resulting from a T-Bone Accident
T-bone accidents can cause many different types of injuries. Neck and spinal injuries are prevalent as a result of the sideways impact. The most vulnerable person in this kind of accident is the one on the side of the vehicle that is struck because they feel the brunt of the force and are often rocked violently in a motion unnatural to the body.
Traumatic brain injuries are also frequently associated with side impact collisions because the way the brain is rocked within the skull causes bruising and tearing of the brain matter that can cause permanent brain damage.
Other common injuries include:
• Shoulder fractures
• Hip and pelvic fractures
• Femur, tibia and fibula fractures
• Scars, burns, or other disfigurement
T-bone accidents are notoriously deadly. If you or anyone you care about is suffering from injuries after an auto accident, you should seek immediate medical treatment to ensure your best recovery. With brain and spinal cord injuries, in particular, immediate diagnosis and treatment can make a world of a difference.
Seeking compensation on your own is difficult to do effectively, particularly when you are still recovering from the accident. Let a skilled attorney help you through the process so you can focus on recovery.