There are different forms of car collisions that occur on the roads. When the front of one car crashes into the side of another, this is often referred to as a T-bone or broadside accident. This is a common accident at busy intersections. It’s often caused by a driver who fails to stop at the stop sign or traffic light or doesn’t yield when another driver has the right of way. A broadside collision can result in serious injuries. Passengers or drivers who are victims of this type of crash can suffer brain injuries, broken limbs, and fractures that change their lives forever.
Why are broadside impacts dangerous?
One main reason why a T-bone collision can lead to severe injuries is because the car is often knocked off course and it’s more likely to cause a second collision. When the collision occurs, one vehicle is pushed sideways, which can be towards the roadside or to oncoming traffic. Since the vehicle is hitting the other at a corner, chances are that it will spin it in the direction that the other car was moving.
T-bone collisions that push the vehicle off course
When a vehicle is pushed off its intended course, there’s a high risk of the occupants sustaining serious injuries. The vehicle can hit other cars, telephone poles or guardrails or even roll over completely. The results of such an accident can sometimes be fatal. What makes it even more dangerous is that the collision occurs at an area of the car that’s very close to the occupant’s body. There’s less distance between the occupants and the side of the car/door compared to the distance between the front of the car and the rear bumper. Some modern vehicles are designed with safety features such as side-impact airbags, which help to minimize injuries in a collision by absorbing the impact from the side.
Who has the right of way?
Drivers are required to stop for stop signs and observe all other rules of the road. Traffic devices should be observed at all times. If a car has already entered an intersection, other cars should yield and give it the right of way in order to enhance safety. If both vehicles enter an intersection at the same time, the driver on the left is required to yield to the car on the right.
When the traffic lights turn green, drivers are required to approach the intersection with due care. Additionally, just because you have the right of way doesn’t mean you can drive recklessly. As a driver, you are required to take all the necessary steps to avoid an accident while behind the wheel. By driving recklessly into an intersection without looking out for dangers, you could be held liable if an accident occurs even if you had a green light.
T-bone accidents caused by a left turn
T-bone accidents are also quite common when a car or truck makes a left turn in front of another car. This especially happens at the intersection where the car on the left has to yield to oncoming traffic that is close enough. Drivers are required to turn left only if they can with reasonable safety. If a driver causes a collision by making that left turn when there’s oncoming traffic, he/she can be held liable if a crash occurs. The driver who wants to make a left turn should wait for the way to be clear and oncoming vehicles should yield. If there’s a vehicle ahead that is yet to complete its left turn, the vehicle behind needs to stop and allow it to pass. If the driver instead continues driving and crashes into the vehicle turning left, he/she may be held liable.
Get proper legal representation for T-bone accidents
T-bone accidents are quite complex and you’ll need to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to offer you proper legal representation. Your lawyer can help you prove that you had the right of way and the other driver could have avoided the crash by acting reasonably. They will look into evidence at the scene such as skid marks, tire marks and impact marks on surfaces to determine which path each vehicle took. Video footage or cameras at the traffic lights can also be used to show exactly what happened. We have highly experienced lawyers who have assisted victims of T-bone collisions for many years. We come with significant knowledge and experience to help our clients fight for fair and full compensation if injured in a broadside collision.