Side-Impact accidents are one of the most common forms of a car crash and they are also one of the most dangerous. They are also referred to as T-Bone accidents and they occur when another vehicle or object impacts the side of the car, bus, or truck. Drivers and passengers are highly exposed and there is very little protection in a vehicle coming from the side. In fact, it has been found by the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences that collisions from the side result in more dangerous injuries when compared to front or rear-end collisions. Smaller vehicles are especially dangerous because there is very little physical material to absorb and deflect the impact. The occupant inside the vehicle where the impact occurred is especially at risk for catastrophic or life-threatening injuries. These side-impact accidents usually account for roughly 25% of vehicle deaths and a majority of the injuries occur to the head and chest.
When another was driving recklessly or was negligent when causing an accident, they should be held responsible for the damages that they have created. At The Clark Law Office, we have been protecting the rights of auto accident victims in Michigan for the past 30 years. We have seen the consequences of side-impact accidents first-hand and we understand the need for financial compensation to pay for various medical expenses and pain/suffering. If you’ve been injured in a side-impact auto accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled for financial recovery. To discuss your options and for a free consultation, fill out our online contact form or call us at (517) 347-6900. We charge no fees unless you win for all auto accident cases.
What Are Common Injuries From a Side-Impact or T-Bone Accident?
While every accident is different, most injuries sustained are to the head, abdomen, and upper extremities. Obviously, the speed of the collision will play a large factor in the severity of injuries along with the weight and overall size of the vehicles involved. Some newer vehicles are equipped with side air-bags which will also help absorb impact and protect the passengers in the vehicle. Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable when it comes to side-impacts because there is no protection at all and many times this type of collision is fatal.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck Injuries and Whiplash
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chest Injuries
- Abdomen or Stomach Injuries
- Injuries to the Pelvis or Hips
- Broken Bones
- Injury to a lower extremity
What Is The Most Dangerous Type of Road For Side-Impact Crashes?
The most likely location for a side-impact auto accident is at a busy intersection. It doesn’t matter if the intersection is in a populated urban area or a populated suburban area, they both can be very dangerous given the right conditions. In fact, they can be one of the most deadly scenarios on the road. Most serious side-impact collision occur due to “blowing” or failing to stop at a red light or stop sign and it’s easy to see why. A reckless or careless driver can take their eyes off the road for just seconds and the consequences can be severe. Our trial attorneys at The Clark Law Office are very aware of the dangers this type of accident creates and will do everything necessary to get the maximum award for your injuries and losses.
Causes of Side Impact Accidents
It’s commonly known that most side-impact or T-Bone accidents are at intersections where a driver fails to yield. The vast majority of these crashes are at slower speeds, but that doesn’t mean higher speed crashes don’t happen. Serious injuries and deadly crashes can occur regardless of the speed of the traveling vehicles. Here are some common examples that cause accidents frequently:
Vehicles Turning Left. When you are making a left-hand turn, you are susceptible to being side-impacted by oncoming vehicles that should yield. It also works the other way around. Drivers going straight through an intersection must be wary of other drivers not yielding when making a left-hand turn.
Trying to Make The Light. This is possibly the most dangerous scenario for side-impact crashes. When a driver is in a hurry and attempts to make a yellow light by speeding up excessively, they are putting themselves and everyone around them in a dangerous situation.
Running a Red Light or Stop Sign. This scenario is dangerous whether the driver ran the light on purpose or not. Distracted drivers or drivers who run a light on purpose can easily T-bone another vehicle in or around the intersection.
Dangerous Intersections. Some intersections are just simply more dangerous than others. A few reasons why some are more dangerous could be the sheer amount of traffic, poor road construction, poor lighting conditions, poor weather conditions, and more. It’s best to avoid these areas altogether or at least during high traffic times.
Loss of Control on Highways. It’s not as common, but side-impact crashes do occur on the highway as well. Most of these crashes are from drivers who are driving recklessly and completely lose control of the vehicle. Poor weather conditions such as snow and ice can also cause vehicles to lose control and cause a “swipe” accident.
How a Skilled Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you or a loved one has been hurt a t-bone or side-impact accident you are most likely facing multiple injuries and growing medical bills. The skilled attorneys at The Clark Law Office understand what you are going through and how devastating the injuries from this type of accident can be. We will fight and advocate for you throughout the entire legal process start to finish.
We have over 40 years of experience representing and winning for injured individuals in vehicle accidents involving cars, semi-trucks, motorcycles, and pedestrians in the Lansing area. If you decide to work with us, we will immediately start investigation of your accident to determine who is at fault, collect compelling evidence for you, and ultimately fight to get you the maximum financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.
With the help of our skilled legal team, you might be able to recover financial compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Wage Loss
- Pain and Suffering
- Limited Physical Activity
- Mental Suffering and Anguish