A T-bone collision – also called side impact collision – is a type of car crash where the front of one vehicle smashes into the side of another. It is one of the most common types of auto accidents and typically occurs at an intersection. T-bone crashes often result in very serious or fatal injuries. More than 5,000 people are killed each year from T-bone collisions. This accounts for 25 percent of all fatal car accident victims.

The most common causes of T-bone collisions are:

  • Driver failing to come to a full stop at an intersection;
  • Driver running a red light;
  • Driver fails to yield right-of-way at a stop sign;
  • Driver taking a turn across traffic lanes;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Aggressive driving; and
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The size of the vehicles involved in the crash plays a significant role in how deadly the crash will be. For example, occupants in a small compact car which is T-boned by a full-size SUV can suffer tragic consequences.

These side impact collisions are the most dangerous. Although they account for only 25 percent of the types of vehicle accidents which occur each year, they are responsible for 40 percent of the accidents where victims suffer from serious injuries.

For victims who survive a T-bone collision, their injuries can be devastating. Some of the more common injuries include:

  • Injuries to the chest;
  • Injuries to the head;
  • Internal injuries;
  • Injuries to the neck; and
  • Injuries to the shoulder or elbow areas.

Although side airbags have helped in reducing some injuries from T-bone collisions, they are not as effective in protection as front air bags are. And which vehicle a victim is in can also make a difference. Engineering studies show that the front of a vehicle can absorb five times more force than the side of a vehicle can.

If you have lost a family member in a fatal car crash, contact an experienced North Carolina wrongful death attorney today. Although nothing can ever replace your family member, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against those responsible for your loved one’s death.



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