Side impact crashes are some of the most serious of all car accidents. Often, the drivers and passengers involved in these accidents do not even see the impact coming. T-bone crashes can occur due to a wide variety of circumstances, including failure to yield, failure to stop at a traffic signal, speeding, improper left turns, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driver distraction.
Side Impact Crashes Continue to Inflict Devastating Injuries
Vehicles have gotten safer over the past decade, but side impact crashes are still among the most dangerous of all accidents. Side impact airbags have become widely implemented in automobiles, but these airbags fail to provide the same level of protection as front airbags. In fact, seat belts remain the best defense against side impact injuries. Side impact airbags will certainly assist in the event of an accident, but should never be seen as a substitute for wearing your seat belt.
The types of vehicles involved in the t-bone accident will have a large impact on the severity of the crash. A person traveling in a small sedan is at great risk of injury if struck by a large SYV. Any car or SUV struck by a commercial truck will potentially suffer severe injuries.
T-bone crashes will often result from negligence on the part of one or more drivers involved in the accident. Negligent actions may include the use of excessive speed or driving while intoxicated. When vehicles speed or travel erratically, the risk of a serious side impact crash increases significantly.
Side Impact Injuries
Side impact crashes can result in severe injuries to the driver or other occupants of the vehicle. Injuries will typically be located on the head and chest of the t-bone accident victim. Older adults are more likely to be critically injured in this type of accident, sustaining life threatening chest and other injuries.
Side impact accidents can result in the following injuries:
- Head injuries
- Chest injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Shoulder injuries
- Internal injuries
- Elbow injuries
The extent of the injuries will depend upon which side the crash occurred on and where the victim was located within the vehicle. A left side impact crash can devastatingly injure the driver, while a right side impact crash will harm the front seat passenger most severely.
If you have been injured in a side impact crash, it is imperative that you first obtain the medical assistance you need. Sometimes, symptoms can take a few days to appear. Never ignore your pain and go to the doctor as soon as possible. Once you have been medically assessed, consult with an automobile accident attorney. Your attorney will assist you in immediately protecting your legal rights so that you can seek compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for your injuries.
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