T-bone crashes involve the front of one vehicle striking the side of another vehicle at a near-perpendicular angle. They frequently occur at intersections—for instance, one vehicle fails to stop at a red light and plows into another vehicle pulling out that has the right-of-way.
Why Are T-Bones Crashes So Dangerous?
T-bones can be deadly even at low speeds. There is no crumple zone as there is for front and rear impacts, which absorbs some of the force of an impact and offers a protective barrier. With T-bones, the point of impact is mere inches away from the driver or passenger, with only a thin door and window in between. Many U.S. automakers offer side airbags on their vehicles, which offer at least some help; however, side airbags are not mandated by law.
Another danger of T-bones is that broadsided vehicles are frequently pushed into oncoming traffic or off the road, subjecting their occupants to further collisions or rollovers. Victims of T-bone crashes commonly deal with traumatic brain injuries; spinal injuries; and injuries to the ribs, shoulders, and internal organs.
The hazards of a T-bone crash are magnified when a large truck or tractor-trailer is involved, as their mass increases the force of a crash. A tragic example of this occurred this past spring, when the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a Canadian junior hockey team, was struck from the side by a tractor-trailer. Sixteen people were killed, and 13 others were injured. Some sustained injuries they will have to grapple with for the rest of their lives.
If you have been victimized by a negligent driver, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to safeguard your interests.
A Car Accident Attorney Can Help After a T-Bone Crash
T-Bone crashes can be devastating for all those involved and medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages all add to this stress. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.