Injured in a Side Impact Collision?
NC Car Accident Attorneys Explain T-Bone Accidents
Side impact collisions, commonly known as T-bone accidents, occur when the front end of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. These types of car crashes commonly occur at intersections or other points where two lines of traffic cross. Side impact collisions often result when a negligent driver ignores traffic signs and signals. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, this can mean that either driver may be at fault for the wreck. Unfortunately, T-bone accidents are among the deadliest kinds of car crashes, as there is limited protection for the driver or passengers when a vehicle is struck on the side.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact collision caused by a negligent driver, then you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and more. The North Carolina car accident attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, have decades of experience with personal injury and wrongful death claims involving car accidents. For example, our attorneys obtained a settlement of $840,000 for the family of a 16-year-old wrongful death victim. Founding partner Gene Riddle used accident reconstruction to prove that a truck driver ran a red light, causing the collision.
What are the Most Common Causes of Side Impact Car Crashes?
Most commonly, T-bone car accidents happen at intersections. When a negligent driver fails to adhere to traffic signs and signals, they are more likely to collide with vehicles already in the intersection. Alternatively, a driver may cut across another car’s path in an intersection, causing a T-bone crash. In these cases, the at-fault party may be the driver of the car hit on the side, rather than the car that collided with the other vehicle head-on.
Some other common causes of side impact crashes include:
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Driver Fatigue
- Distracted Driving
- Texting and Driving
- Poor Weather Conditions
- Failing to Maintain Vehicle as Required by DMV Standards
- Driver Inexperience
Driver ignorance can also play a part in side impact collisions. In North Carolina, some roads and intersections have flashing lights that require drivers to stop or yield prior to crossing. Drivers who do not precisely know if they should yield or stop easily cause a T-bone accident, in addition to those who are simply speeding through intersections or are otherwise negligent.
Common Injuries Suffered in T-Bone Crashes
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), side impact collisions account for approximately a third of all fatalities in car crashes involving multiple vehicles. As a result of findings like these, many more car manufacturers are including side airbags in their vehicles to better protect drivers and passengers during side impact wrecks.
However, despite these precautions, common injuries from side impact collisions still include:
- Broken Bones
- Facial Injuries
- Head Trauma, including Severe Concussions and Brain Injuries
- Neck Injuries, including Whiplash
- Back Injuries, including Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Cuts and Lacerations, often causing Disfigurement
- Wrongful Death
- Head Trauma
Drivers and passengers whose airbags deploy during the collision may also suffer from injuries related to airbags. These may include facial bruises, chest injuries, asthma attacks, breathing problems and even whiplash caused by the deployment. We have handled cases where the air bags fractured nasal bones upon deployment. Gene Riddle successfully handled a case where the driver was killed by the airbag when it should not have deployed.
Hurt in a T-Bone Collision? Contact Our Goldsboro Car Accident Attorneys Today
The injuries and damages caused by a side impact collision can be devastating. However, you can hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries, medical bills and other costs. At Riddle & Brantley, our car accident attorneys are committed to helping injury victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation. We can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case as well as guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have several offices throughout North Carolina including Jacksonville and Kinston, as well as Raleigh and Goldsboro, and we are pleased to serve the surrounding areas as well. To connect with our law firm, call us at (800) 525-7111 or contact us online today. Our intake staff members are ready to take your call and connect you with one of our lawyers for a free initial consultation.