A “T-bone” accident is one in which the vehicles involved form a “T” shape at the point of the collision. This type of accident got its moniker from the popular cut of steak known as a “T-bone.” Trivia aside, T-bone accidents can have deadly results. They usually occur at high speeds which transfer a tremendous amount of force from one vehicle to the other, then from the vehicle to the human body, causing death or severe injuries. Parker Waichman LLP has the experience recovering damages for wrongful death cases and in serious personal injuries caused by T-bone accidents.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which studies the safety rating of cars and their performance in accidents, T-bone crashes make up about 25% of all fatal accidents in the United States annually. The drivers and passengers who are struck by an oncoming vehicle in a T-bone crash are at a high risk for injury if they survive the crash. The force of the oncoming vehicle is distributed directly into the victim’s car. There is little space to protect the occupant. Furthermore, there is very little solid structure such as the motor vehicle frame surrounding the occupants.
Items like safety belts and side-impact air bags can help reduce fatalities and serious injuries somewhat, but they cannot prevent serious injury from occurring in all cases. People who are in a T-bone crash suffer significant forces applied to their bodies. The accident throws their body away from the impact while the head moves violently toward the impact. If there are no airbags in the car, then the person’s head will strike the “b” pillar, or door post or maybe even the front end of the other car as it penetrates into the passenger cabin. Therefore, a victim of a T-bone accident car suffers a fatal head injury upon impact.
The head is not the only body part affected by a T-bone crash. The torso is at risk for injury. A crash victim could suffer broken ribs and a broken sternum as well as a pneumothorax, or collapsed a lung. The victim could suffer internal bleeding as well. At times, the person could die as a result of a chest injury if the aorta, or the primary blood vessel pumping blood out of the heart, ruptures due to the force of the crash. Additional injuries can occur to a T-bone crash victim. A person’s arm, shoulder, or hand could break. Also, the crash could break a victim’s legs and feet as well.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a T-bone collision, you might be entitled to substantial damages. You can recover compensation for your medical bills from the accident, future medical bill, lost wages, lost future financial opportunities, as well as pain and suffering.
Parker Waichman LLP provides accident victims and their families with an established record of results that includes recovering over $2 billion for injury victims in settlements and judgments. Call Parker Waichman LLP at 1-800 YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.
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