According to the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration, t-bone collisions, otherwise known as “side impacts,” account for nearly 15% of all car accidents in the United States, and 18% of all fatal auto collisions.
In a side-impact collision, the only thing separating the victim and the on-coming vehicle is glass and a thin door. Therefore, these types of collisions can be even more dangerous than a head-on impact.
The most common cause of a t-bone collision is the failure of one person to yield the right-of-way to another. Failure to follow traffic signals or signs, use a proper turn signal, or simply being distracted while driving can quickly turn a seemingly harmful choice into a serious collision.
Whether the collision involves small cars or a large commercial truck, the tendency of these types of collisions to strike the “sweet spot” of a vehicle where it is most vulnerable is what often leads to more serious injuries.
Proof of fault for t-bone / side-impact collisions can also be the most difficult. Compare a t-bone collision to a rear-end collision. Most of the time, the fault for a rear-end collision is clear – the person in the rear position. However, in a t-bone collision, we can be t-boned by another vehicle just as easily as the negligence of another party can cause us to t-bone them. For instance, if a person runs a red light and turns into you, they are at fault. And if a person runs a red light, turns right in front of you, and causes you to hit them, they could also be at fault.
These types of collisions require an expert investigation, witness and evidence gathering, and forethought from the very beginning.
If you or a loved on have been injured in a t-bone or side-impact collision, our experienced team will get to work right away to make sure there are no questions as to who was the cause.
Instead of going several rounds with the insurance company, know that we will take on the work to get you justly compensated.