Car accidents can range in severity from a simple fender-bender in which nobody is hurt to more severe crashes that total the vehicle and kill the occupants. Many factors affect the severity of a motor vehicle collision, including the cause of the accident, the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, and even whether or not the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of impact. While any auto accident has the capacity to be severe in both property damage and injuries to those involved, T-bone car accidents can be especially serious.
T-bone accidents are named so because the two vehicles involved in resemble the letter T when colliding. T-bone accidents are also referred to as side-impact collisions, because one vehicle will strike the other in the side. All car accidents can result in injuries, but side-impact crashes can result in especially severe injuries or even death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), side-impact crashes were responsible for 23 percent of accident fatalities in 2018.
Determining who is to blame for a T-bone car accident can sometimes be tricky, since either driver may have committed a traffic violation that led to the collision. In most cases, side-impact crashes occur when one driver does not yield to the right of way of another driver. For example, a driver who does not obey a red light at an intersection can collide with another vehicle that is driving perpendicular to the first vehicle. In that case, the driver who went through the red light would be at fault.
If you are in a T-bone accident, you should immediately call the police to the scene of the accident, along with an ambulance if necessary. The police will write up an official accident report and give details on who they believe was responsible for the accident. You should also be sure to take as many notes and photographs as you possibly can to help support your personal injury case.
Any type of vehicle collision can have devastating consequences. If you have been involved in a T-bone car accident, you may be struggling to recover from serious injuries, property damage, and other financial setbacks. Following a motor vehicle collision, you should immediately contact a skilled DuPage County car accident lawyer. At the Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at 630-529-4761 to schedule a free consultation.
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