A particularly dangerous type of car accident is a “t-bone” accident, which is also sometimes referred to as an intersection crash or a side-impact collision. T-bone accidents occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle.
Determining the cause of a t-bone crash is essential in proving liability in a New York car accident personal injury case. In this article, Bronx Car accident attorneys Glenn and Robin Herman discuss some of the most common causes of side-impact accidents.
Fatalities and Injuries in T-Bone Car Accidents
Intersection accidents can cause varying degrees of vehicle damage and injury severity, influenced by factors like impact angle and speed. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), side impact accidents accounted for almost 6,000 fatalities in 2021, which was 22% of all traffic accident fatalities that year. Passengers are significantly more likely to be killed in this kind of accident than drivers.
Non-fatal t-bone accidents can cause a range of severe, life-threatening injuries to drivers and passengers, such as:
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Internal bleeding and internal organ injuries
Broken and fractured bones
Punctures, abrasions, and lacerations
Common Causes of T-bone Crashes
Most t-bone crashes are caused by some form of aggressive driving, especially if it involves speeding. Some of the most common causes of side impact accidents include:
Speeding through yellow lights in an attempt to “beat” the red light
Running red lights
Disregarding stop signs, yield signs, and other traffic signals
Failing to yield the right of way
Improper or erratic lane changes
Taking turns improperly, such as turning across lanes or from a non-turn lane
Prohibited or dangerous merging
Exceeding the speed limit
Obtaining Personal Injury Compensation for a T-Bone Accident
If you have been injured in a t-bone accident in the state of New York, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney with experience handling cases like yours as soon as possible to discuss your options and avoid making crucial mistakes when dealing with insurance companies. Your attorney will be able to give you an honest evaluation of the likely outcome of your case, help you figure out how much compensation you are entitled to, and guide you through gathering the evidence you need to demonstrate who was at fault for the accident.
About Bronx Car Accident Attorney Team Glenn & Robin Herman
Our Bronx car accident attorneys take the time to learn every aspect of your case during our initial meeting in order to properly evaluate the full extent of the damages you or a loved one have suffered. We have been representing seriously injured New Yorkers for over 35 years. Born, raised, and living in the City, we know that when you have been injured in this town, you need an attorney to protect your rights and explain the law to you in a way you can understand.
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