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What is a “t-bone” car accident?

A “t-bone” car accident, also known as a side impact car accident, takes place when one vehicle strikes the side of another. If you were to take a birds eye view of the accident, the two cars together often form a “T”. This most often occurs at intersections and other places where vehicles are traveling perpendicular to one another.

What causes a t-bone collision?

T-bone collisions involve one car striking the side (either driver or passenger side) of another car and almost always occur in intersections. This happens when one car doesn’t yield the right of way as required by California traffic laws. Often, t-bone collisions result from someone running a red light or trying to cross lanes in front of oncoming traffic. Do not attempt to cross oncoming traffic until you can safely cross without causing a t-bone accident. If you cause a t-bone accident, you would be liable for the damage to the other driver’s car and for any injuries the driver and/or passengers suffer.

A good rule of thumb: Yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. Be cautious; even if you have the right-of-way, keep an eye out for other vehicles. Make sure that they’re obeying traffic laws and stopping for you. Although you have no control over another driver’s actions, you can potentially avoid being involved in a t-bone collision if you realize that the other driver is not going to yield.

Some cars are worse off in a t-bone accident than others

Most new car models have “curtain” airbags located along the sides of the vehicle to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a t-bone collision. Older vehicles, such as those manufactured before 2000, are not typically equipped with these side airbags. If you are driving or riding in an older car and you are t-boned by another vehicle, you could suffer serious injuries. Side airbags protect against the force of an impact to the side of a vehicle. Side airbags can also minimize the seriousness of your injuries.

Can you avoid being the victim of a t-bone car accident?

The reality is that you cannot stop a reckless driver from negligently operating a vehicle. However, you can be aware of your surroundings and other drivers on the road. If it does not appear that a driver is going to stop at a stop sign, slow your vehicle down a little. A collision can be much more easily avoided if you drive with caution. When another driver darts out into the roadway, you may be able to safely move over into the shoulder to avoid the impact. Always check your blindspots to avoid hitting a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist.. You should try to avoid committing traffic violations of your own in order to avoid an accident, if possible.

Drive defensively. Be aware of what is going on on the road around you.

T-bone side impact accidents cause serious injuries

Drivers and passengers involved in a t-bone accident often suffer serious injuries because the side of the vehicle that is struck tends to cave in. Injuries that commonly occur in t-bone crashes include:

  • Spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or severed limbs
  • Abrasions (cuts) and contusions (bruises)
  • Rib fractures
  • Lung injuries

In more serious, tragic situations, a t-bone accident can also be fatal.

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Legal complications of a fatal t-bone collision

In California, a driver who causes a fatal accident can be charged with manslaughter, even if that driver violated a seemingly minimal traffic violation – such as changing lanes without a signal. Fatal t-bone collisions are highly likely to result in criminal charges being pressed against the at-fault driver. If you are found to be at-fault in a t-bone car accident, there is a clear implication that you failed to yield the right of way. This implication, along with other criminal charges can sometimes impact a civil wrongful death suit. If you or a loved one has been involved in a fatal t-bone accident, hire a personal injury attorney who can verify whether criminal charges are pending or not.

Why The May Firm?

At The May Firm, our clients are our family. We take your hardships seriously. If a negligent driver caused your injuries in a t-bone collision, you do not have to suffer alone. The personal injury attorneys at the May Firm are here to advocate for you. We know how to build a strong case from facts arising from a t-bone accident. We will ensure that the at-fault driver is held responsible for his or her reckless actions. Focus on your recovery – leave the rest to us.

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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