When a driver experiences an accident, the terms T-Bone and side-impact are used to describe the type of collision. This type of car accident is extremely dangerous, often causing serious injuries and even fatalities. If one of these unfortunate situations becomes a reality, knowing how to handle this type of collision can help with next steps.
Collision Terms Defined
A side-impact or T-Bone collision is where one car hits the other in a perpendicular direction, causing a serious accident. When this type of collision occurs, the driver often experiences whiplash. Whiplash is a term used to describe the driver’s reaction to a side-impact collision where a whip-like snapping motion violently tosses a driver from side to side and back and forth. In this case, even with air bags and seat belts, the human body can only withstand a small amount of physical force. When the driver’s body exceeds this limit, serious injuries are likely. Injuries from a side-impact collision can range from whip-lash, fractures, organ damage to even death. Additionally, a side-impact collision can force a vehicle to collide with sedentary objects such as other vehicles, trees and lane dividers. A vehicle is also susceptible to a rollover during this type of collision as well.
Who Is Liable in a Side-Impact Collision?
Proving who is responsible for a side-impact collision is the basis of any personal injury claim. To establish liability, proving the driver was negligent begins at the scene of the accident. Determining the severity of the accident and the cause of the accident is the first step in establishing a personal injury claim.
Causes of Side-Impact Collisions:
Failure to Stop: If a driver fails to come to a complete stop at a four-way intersection it is commonly called a “rolling stop” which is illegal, making a driver negligent. This violation dictates a driver’s actions as negligent, and the driver then becomes liable for a collision with another vehicle that is legally stopped at the four-way intersection.
Failure to Yield: In a four-way intersection the law states one driver must yield to another. Determining who has the right-of-way in this situation often leads to side-impact collisions. This is because although drivers must yield to other drivers, often they forego the traffic laws or become impatient..
Running Red Lights: In the case of a driver running a red light, it is immediately considered negligent. Running a red light is illegal, regardless of where you live. Because many drivers will pick up speed during a yellow-light transition, the impact of a collision can be fatal.
Using Traffic Lanes: If a driver fails to wait for a safe route to turn into another lane they have neglected their obligation to the safety of the other drivers on the road. If a driver is not safely using turn signals and waiting for a safe time to cross lanes, they not only endanger themselves and passengers, they can cause a serious accident with fatal results.
Reckless and Distracted Driving: Reckless driving and aggressive behaviors behind the wheel are all too common reasons a side-impact collision occurs. Often aggressive drivers will use their vehicles as a way to intimidate other drivers, often causing an accident in the process. Distracted driving can include texting while driving, taking phone calls, and driving while intoxicated or impaired. In the case of reckless and distracted driving, the driver who causes the collision is negligent.
If you were injured during an accident, you may want to speak to an attorney who can advise you on what your legal options are and how to get adequate compensation for your injuries. Our network of experienced accident attorneys can assist you. Call us at: 855-272-6990.