Getting injured in a T-bone collision (also referred to as a side impact collision) has the potential to leave an accident victim damaged physically, financially and emotionally. If you or a loved one suffered bodily harm in a t-bone car accident in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or elsewhere in Virginia, contact our law firm to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation.
What Exactly is a T-Bone Collision?
A t-bone collision is a type of car crash where the front of one vehicle hit the side of another vehicle. It is one of the most common types of auto accidents and typically occurs at busy intersections. T-bone accidents often result in serious, or even fatal, bodily 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.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
The most common causes of T-bone accidents in Virginia and elsewhere include:
- 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 collision can also play a significant role in the severity of the accident. 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.
Injuries Suffered in T-Bone Accidents
For victims who survive a T-bone collision, their injuries can be devastating. Some of the most common bodily 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.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation Today
If you or a loved one was badly injured in a t-bone accident, take action now by contacting an experienced car accident injury attorney with our firm. During the no-cost evaluation, you will get the opportunity to speak directly to a lawyer with our firm, get important questions answered, and an assessment of your legal options. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing out of pocket to hire one of our experienced auto accident attorneys and we only get paid when you get paid.