Known as T-bone collisions, broadside crashes and side-impact wrecks, accidents where the front of a vehicle slams into the side of another vehicle can have devastating consequences. According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), T-bone accidents killed 5,866 people—and injured thousands of others—in 2016 alone. In fact, side-impact collision deaths accounted for 25 percent of all motor vehicle deaths that year.
T-bone crashes often occur when a driver fails to yield at an intersection, runs a red light, misjudges the speed and distance of other vehicles when turning, experiences a mechanical failure, drives aggressively, or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Just what makes T-bone accidents so dangerous and potentially deadly? One potential explanation is that side-impact crash victims have less protection between themselves and the oncoming vehicle. Whereas some of the impact in head-on or rear-end collisions is absorbed by the vehicle's front and back bumpers, all that stands between victims and the vehicle barreling toward them is a flimsy door. As a result, the injuries sustained in a T-bone accident can be quite serious. Common side-impact accident injuries include:
- Severe cuts, abrasions, lacerations, or contusions
- Broken or crushed bones
- Dislocated joints
- Neck or back injuries, such as whiplash or herniated discs
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries, such as partial or total paralysis
- Head and brain injuries, such as skull fractures, brain swelling or bleeding, and concussions or moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Many of these injuries may require hospitalization, ongoing medical care and a significant recovery period during which the victim may be unable to work. An attorney can help side-impact accident victims seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and more.
Consult an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Delaware Today
If you were seriously injured in a T-bone collision accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you explore and understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case analysis.