Fault In Side Impact (T-Bone) Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in the United States. Side-impact collisions, also called T-bone accidents, can result in very serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries. A T-bone collision happens when one vehicle’s front end directly impacts another vehicle’s broadside, forming the letter T. While there have been several advancements in passenger vehicle safety in the last twenty years, the fact remains that the side of a vehicle does not provide the same level of protection as the front or back of a vehicle because there isn’t an engine or rear trunk to absorb the impact. Also, the driver of the vehicle usually has some warning if a crash is about to occur, but passengers, especially those sitting in the rear of the vehicle, usually don’t have any advance warning and consequently, cannot brace themselves for the impact.
Common types of car accident related injuries are back and neck injuries, and may also result in traumatic brain injuries. Back injuries are the result of sudden involuntary movements on the body in high-speed crashes. Damage to the spinal cord can result in nerve related injuries in the extremities to partial or complete paralysis. Neck injuries, the most common being whiplash, occur frequently and are also the result of sudden and involuntary movement. Many serious car accident related injuries occur in the form of trauma to the chest, especially in T-bone collisions. Blunt force trauma, as a result of high-speed car accident impacts, often result in broken ribs and collapsed lungs.
Liability for T-bone collisions may be complicated and difficult to determine. For example, you may be injured because the car next to you swerved into you on the road. However, the vehicle that hit you may have been hit by another vehicle or forced to make a sudden move to avoid hitting an obstacle in the road.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a T-bone car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Cooper-law.com today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you the best legal representation and will fight for the compensation you need and deserve.