Why are T-bone accidents so dangerous?

A T-bone accident is one of the most severe types of vehicle collisions. Also known as a side impact collision, this type of accident is so dangerous because it usually results in serious or fatal injuries for the occupants of the vehicle hit by the other driver.

If another driver caused a T-bone accident and you suffered serious injuries, call Max Meyers Law at 425-242-5595 to discuss your legal options.

How does a T-bone accident happen?

A T-bone accident occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another, causing the vehicles to resemble a "T" shape.

Injuries and damage to vehicle from t-bone accident.

These accidents often result from a driver running a red light or stop sign. This accident can also happen if a driver failed to adequately survey an intersection before turning or if s/he was distracted, reckless, or impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Why are T-bone accidents so dangerous?

The severity of a T-bone accident has a lot to do with where the occupants of your car sit and where the other vehicle hits your car. When the other vehicle hits the driver side of the car, the driver and any passengers behind him/her will take the brunt of the impact. T-bone accidents on the passenger side of the vehicle might be less serious, but only if the driver has no passengers on that side.

Even if the other vehicle strikes the side of the car without passengers, if the force is great enough it can crush the exterior of the vehicle into itself, sending glass and shrapnel into the cabin.

Along with flying debris, the sudden jerking motion toward the opposite side of the car from the impact can cause severe head trauma and neck and back injuries. If passengers were unrestrained, the force of the accident could even eject them from the car.

What types of injuries can occupants sustain in a T-bone accident?

The position of the occupants and the impact will make the most difference in the severity of your injuries. If you are on the impact side of the car, you can expect injuries such as:

  • Blunt trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Head trauma
  • Brain damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Neck and spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones

Occupants on the other side of the crash and the driver who hits your car might experience:

  • Lacerations
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Concussion
  • Bruising or internal injury

The types of vehicles involved in the T-bone accident will also factor into the severity of your injuries. If your vehicle has better side-impact protection, you will likely suffer less severe injuries.

However, if a larger vehicle, like an SUV, hits the side of your car, you will likely suffer more serious injuries as SUVs have stiffer front ends and are higher off the ground. This puts you at a higher risk of severe head injuries. 

Is the driver who hits the side of the other vehicle always liable for the accident?

No. The driver at-fault is the one who broke a traffic law. This could entail running a red light or stop sign, failing to yield at an intersection, or backing out of a parking space without first surveying the area.

It is important to speak with a Kirkland car accident attorney about your claim as soon as possible. We can review the situation and gather evidence that proves the other driver was liable for ignoring a traffic signal or otherwise behaving negligently and hold the burden of the fault in your injury claim.

Call Max Meyers Law for Legal Help after a T-bone Accident

A T-bone accident can happen with any vehicle, from buses to motorcycles and even bicycles. When you work with Kirkland accident lawyer Max Meyers, you have peace of mind knowing his team is doing everything possible to establish the facts of your case and reach a favorable settlement for your damages.

Call 425-242-5595 to schedule a free consultation with Max and learn about your options for recovery after a T-bone accident. 

Max Meyers
Max is a Kirkland personal injury attorney handling cases in Seattle, King County & surrounding in WA State.