According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), there were nearly 1.2 million collisions causing injury across the U.S. in 2015. That’s more than 3,000 injury crashes a day. While some may regard a side impact crash as less dangerous than others, these accidents pose unique dangers to drivers, passengers, and all those who share the roadway.
What Is a Side Impact, or T-Bone, Crash?
A side impact crash is often referred to as a t-bone crash because of the nature of the accident. It occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, effectively looking like the letter “t.” While a t-bone crash can occur in a variety of situations, they most often result when:
- A driver runs a red light
- A driver runs a stop sign
- A driver fails to yield to a another making a left turn
How T-Bone Crashes Pose Unique Risks
Today’s vehicles seem safer than ever, with increasing technology to notify and safeguard drivers and passengers from dangers. While side impact protection provides a fairly effective defense, the side of the car is simply not as strong as the front and rear, and side windows can shatter. Side impact car accident victims can experience:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a T-Bone Crash in Alaska
As with any other type of crash, it’s important to assess injuries right away and take action if you or someone else requires immediate medical care. If you are well enough to remain at the scene, try to preserve as much evidence as possible by:
- Calling the police, who will file an official report
- Taking a photo of the accident scene before the cars are moved
- Taking a photo of the intersection or roadway of the accident
- Noting the exact time of the accident
- Noting names and phone numbers of witnesses to the accident
Finally, calling an experienced injury lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected. While you may think that the blame for the crash is clear, opposing lawyers and insurance companies will try to undermine your claim. An attorney can help investigate your accident and retain all the evidence that will support a legal case.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a t-bone accident, you may need medical care and time away from work. Anchorage-based attorney Ben Crittenden understands your situation and has helped many accident victims just like you obtain the compensation they need so they could get back to their lives. Call Ben today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to reach Ben directly. Set up a free, no-obligation consultation and learn more about how he can help.