T-Bone accidents are among the most dangerous motor vehicle accidents there are. A T-bone accident, or side-impact crash, is one in which one vehicle rams into the side of another vehicle, usually at a ninety-degree angle and at an intersection. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly one-fourth of all car accidents involve side-impact collisions. Of those, more than one-fourth involve passenger vehicle occupant fatalities.
What Makes a T-Bone Collision So Dangerous?
Side-impact collisions can cause severe injuries even if they occur at low speeds. The collisions will feature force of impact, shattering glass and other debris, and often very high speed. The resulting injuries reflect these facts. Among the more common serious injuries in a T-bone accident are:
Whiplash happens when the forces of an accident cause severe and sudden jolting to the head, stressing the soft tissues, muscles, and ligaments in the neck. While whiplash is not always severe, it can cause lifelong suffering and limitations in movement.
The force of impact can cause the head to smash into the car, the steering wheel, or windshield, as well as causing debris to smash into the head. The resulting head injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bruises and contusions
- Open head injury
- Coup-Contrecoup brain injury (that is, an injury either directly under the point of impact (coup) or on the other side of the brain (contrecoup), each causing damage to the lobe of the brain where the impact was located.
Spine and Neck Injuries
The spine and neck injuries from a T-bone accident can have devastating and life-altering effects. Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis, which can reduce the ability to work and earn a living or perform many of the basic functions of daily living. Other spine and neck injuries may require surgery and life-long assistance at the site of the injury. Among the more common injuries are:
- Spinal cord injury
- Paralysis – permanent or temporary
- Broken vertebrae
Broken bones in the limbs, torso, and extremities are common in T-bone accidents, especially if the car turned over.
Causes of T-Bone Accidents
T-bone accidents usually occur at intersections and generally result from driver negligence. Among the most common causes of accidents, including T-bones, are:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Driving while sleepy
Any of these conditions can cause a driver to lose focus on driving for a sufficient amount of time to slam into the side of another car traveling at a ninety-degree angle to it.
Contact A Texas Car Accident Attorney Today
While fault is not usually an issue in a T-bone collision case, the extent of the injuries can be. Many of the common injuries in a T-bone collision may not be immediately visible at the scene. Contact us for a free case evaluation today! An attorney experienced in car accident cases will be familiar with these kinds of issues and can help ensure that you receive a settlement or award that will fully compensate you for your injuries. Our experienced car accident lawyers fight for injured car accident clients across Texas from our offices in Houston, Dallas and McAllen.
If you have sustained injuries in a T-bone accident due to another driver’s negligent acts, you can count on the competent Texas T-bone Accident Lawyer at the Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC, for help. We offer free case reviews and consultations so that you can find out all about your claim. The attorneys at Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC, can handle all aspects of your personal injury claim. We will help you seek compensation for your medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other hardships. Our experienced car accident lawyers fight for injured car accident clients across Texas from our offices in Houston, Dallas and McAllen.
During your free consultation, our skilled Texas car accident lawyers will evaluate the facts of the accident and determine how much financial compensation you could potentially recover to figure out the best legal options based on the specific circumstances of your case. Call 713-231-9288 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.