Regardless of whether you take every precaution in the book to mitigate the risks of an accident, another driver’s negligence can result in devastating collisions. Unfortunately, car accidents can occur in many ways. When the front of one car strikes another on the side, this is known as a T-bone accident. As the name suggests, the vehicles involved form the shape of the letter “T” as one vehicle strikes another on its side. The side of a vehicle does not absorb the impact like the back or front of a vehicle. This causes T-bone accidents to be particularly dangerous. If you’ve been seriously injured in a T-bone accident, please continue reading and contact a determined Morris County Car Accident Attorney who can help you navigate your legal options.
What causes a T-bone accident?
According to research, side-impact collisions accounted for 23% of vehicle occupant deaths in car accidents in 2020. With such staggering statistics, you can see that T-bone collisions, also known as “broadside” accidents, can be severe. T-bone accidents are most commonly caused when a driver fails to yield to another driver with the right-of-way. For instance, when one driver runs a red light, they could strike the side of another vehicle traveling in the other direction with a green light. Essentially, this is known as “t-boning.”
When a motorist engages in dangerous driving behaviors such as drunk driving, texting while driving, driving while fatigued, speeding, or any other hazardous moves, T-bone accidents can occur. They usually happen at intersections controlled by stop lights or stop signs. To avoid this type of accident, you should adhere to the rules of the road and remain alert while behind the wheel.
What are some common types of injuries?
T-bone accidents often occur at high speeds. Therefore, you’re more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of the forceful impact. As mentioned above, the side of a vehicle doesn’t provide drivers with the same type of protection as if the car were to be struck from the front or the back. Unfortunately, many kinds of injuries can arise from those crashes. However, the following include some of the most common injuries:
- Brain injury
- Back injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Chest injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Organ damage
- Bone fractures
Following the accident, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Any delay in medical treatment can be used as ammo by the insurance company to deny your claim. They can argue that you contributed to the severity of your injuries by neglecting or refusing medical care. It’s in your best interest to keep track of your medical records and expenses.
After a T-bone accident, you have a limited period to file a claim. In New Jersey, you must file your claim two years from the accident date. If you fail to meet this legal deadline, it will result in the absolute bar of recovery. If you’ve been injured in a T-bone accident due to negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact a trusted attorney from the legal team at Lutz Injury Law.