A common type of crash is one in which the front of one car collides into the side of another car. Looked at from above, the two cars in the accident look like the letter T, which is why these incidents are often called T-bone crashes. You may also hear them called side-impact crashes because one car crashes into the side of another.
No matter what you call them, this type of accident can lead to serious injury. Let’s look at the common causes of T-bone crashes and the injuries that can result.
The Causes of T-bone Crashes
As a rule, cars should never come into contact with one another—and T-bone crashes should be particularly rare, assuming everyone is following the rules and the road conditions are normal. But sometimes the rules are broken, and the weather doesn’t cooperate. Here are some common causes of T-bone accidents:
- A driver runs a red light, blows through a stop sign, or fails to yield at a four-way stop
- A driver is operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A driver is distracted by their phone, eating, or otherwise not paying full attention
- A driver is speeding or driving aggressively
- Poor weather conditions prevent a driver from stopping, which leads to a collision
No matter the cause, these sorts of accidents can lead to a range of serious injuries.
Possible Injuries From T-Bone Crashes
A side-impact crash can be quite serious—and the resulting injuries can be as well. Those injuries may include:
- Head injuries. If your head hits a hard surface in your car, it can lead to a concussion, a traumatic brain injury, and/or a skull fracture. This can happen even if your car is equipped with airbags.
- Punctured eardrums. Another head-related injury that can result from a T-bone crash is the puncturing of your eardrums due to the high volume of the noise caused by the collision and the deployment of airbags.
- Whiplash. As your head is thrown around by the impact, you may end up with damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your neck.
- Spinal injuries. A T-bone crash can result in a fractured, slipped, or herniated disc—all of which are dangerous conditions that can potentially have long-term consequences.
- Internal bleeding. Because the point of impact is so close, this kind of crash can lead to internal bleeding—an issue that can, in some cases, go unnoticed until it causes dire problems.
In addition to these serious injuries, a crash of this sort can be deadly, either immediately or as a result of issues related to injuries sustained in the accident.
An Attorney Can Make Sure You Are Appropriately Compensated
After an accident, an insurance company is going to be eager to settle up with you—and may try to pay you substantially less than you might be entitled to. You probably do not have the expertise to fully evaluate their offer and whether it is in your best interest. That’s why it is so important to hire a personal injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation for:
- Immediate and ongoing medical expenses
- Immediate and ongoing lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If the accident resulted in a loved one’s death, an attorney can also help you pursue a wrongful death suit. You may collect damages related to medical care prior to your loved one’s passing, funeral expenses, loss of family income, and pain and suffering due to your loss.
We Will Stand by Your Side After a Side-Impact Crash
The lawyers of SJ Injury Attorneys are experts when it comes to making sure you are properly compensated after you are injured in a T-bone collision. Don’t let an insurance company get away with a lowball offer to make the issue go away. Instead, hire our team of experienced negotiators and litigators—all of whom work on a contingency basis. That means you don’t pay unless we win your case. Set up your free consultation today.