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Why T-bone accidents are particularly hazardous

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Car Accidents

T-bone accidents are frequently referred to as side-impact collisions. These kinds of crashes occur when the front of a vehicle runs into the side of another. The point of impact forms a “T” shape. This type of crash is among the most dangerous on the road due to the severe injuries and fatalities it can cause.

One of the primary reasons T-bone accidents are so hazardous is the limited protection offered by the sides of most vehicles. Unlike the front and rear of a car, which are designed with crumple zones to absorb crash forces, the sides have less space and structural ability to absorb the impact of a collision. This lack of buffer can result in the direct transfer of impact forces to the vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of serious injuries.

Injuries caused by T-bone accidents can be particularly severe, often more so than in other types of collisions, and particularly so when the two vehicles involved are significantly different sizes. Common injuries include head and brain trauma, spinal injuries, broken bones and internal organ damage. The proximity of passengers to the point of impact in a side collision means there is a higher chance of direct trauma. Furthermore, side airbags, while helpful, are not as universally present or effective as front airbags, leaving occupants more vulnerable.

For the same reasons that these crashes are particularly associated with significant injuries, statistics show that side-impact collisions have higher fatality rates compared to other types of crashes. The structure of a vehicle’s side cannot typically withstand the same level of impact as the front or rear, leading to catastrophic results when a vehicle is struck directly on the side at high speeds.

When these crashes occur

Determining fault in a T-bone accident can be a complex and contentious undertaking. Issues of right of way, traffic signals and the actions of drivers at the time of the crash all contribute to the detailed task of establishing liability in such cases. This complexity can make legal battles in the aftermath of a T-bone accident particularly challenging.

Given the challenges associated with the legal aftermath of a T-bone crash, victims generally benefit from seeking personalized feedback and support when seeking compensation from at-fault parties.

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