T-Bone Accidents in Virginia Cause Serious Injuries
T-bone accidents in Virginia cause serious injuries and deaths even at low speeds. They typically occur at intersections. T-bone accidents are also called broadside or side-impact crashes.
T-bone accidents claim the lives of between 8,500 and 10,000 people a year, according to NOLO. About 30 percent of all car accidents involve an impact from the side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found side-impact wrecks accounted for 24 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths. A side-impact accident occurs when the front of an oncoming vehicle hits the side of another vehicle.
Although automakers added stronger side impact bars to their vehicles in recent years, this is the part of the car where protection is at its thinnest. Cars contain just a thin piece of metal between the flank of a vehicle and a driver or a passenger. When a heavy pickup or a tractor-trailer causes a crash, the consequences can be horrific for the victims.
Head and neck injuries are common in all auto accidents. In some cases, the victims suffer traumatic brain injuries and loss of consciousness. During a side-impact collision, a motorist’s head often remains still as his or her body is pushed to the side. The sudden jarring motion frequently causes neck injuries.
T-bone accidents are so deadly because they often involve “intrusion. The front of a car, truck, or tractor-trailer pushes through the passenger compartment of another vehicle. Occupants of cars can sustain a direct hit. There is little space within the driver or passenger compartment to cushion the blow.
Drivers and passengers often suffer serious injuries to their thighs, abdomens, and pelvises. T-bone crashes are more serious than rear-enders because of the relative lack of protection offered by the car.
Establishing Fault over T-Bone Accidents in Virginia
The driver of the car that broadsided another vehicle is often to blame for a wreck. This is not always the case. For instance, a driver who runs a red light may be broadsided by a car that has the right of way. The red light runner can be held liable for injuries including those to his or her passenger.
Likewise, a driver who fails to comply with a stop sign and merges onto a busy highway risks being broadsided. We often see this in rural areas with fast-moving highways like Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Where Do Side-Impact Collisions Occur?
Side-impact collisions happen where vehicles meet at right angles. Unsurprisingly, almost three-quarters of broadside accidents occur at intersections when a motorist fails to stop at a stop sign or a red light. Various factors determine the seriousness of a side impact crash. They include:
· The size and weight of the vehicles
· The speed of an approaching vehicle;
· Whether one of the vehicles intrudes into the other;
· The adequacy of side protection on the vehicle that was struck;
· The relative size of the vehicles involved in the crash;
· The collision points;
· Whether drivers or passengers were wearing seat belts.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents in Virginia
T-Bone accident injuries are usually caused by negligence. The most common causes of broadside accidents include:
· Drivers who try to beat red lights;
· Drivers who fail to stop at stop signs;
· Drivers who fail to yield right of way
· Motorists who are drunk
· Texting or other distracted driving at the wheel
· A mechanical issue that caused brakes to fail;
· A tire blowout.
Talk to a Hampton Injury Lawyer about Injuries from a T-Bone Accident
If you believe another driver’s carelessness caused the T-bone accident that injured you, our firm can help you file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties. The experienced lawyers at the Smith Law Center will take your case all the way to trial if necessary. Contact us for a free consultation.