As you know, any motor vehicle accident has the potential to leave victims with severe or catastrophic injuries. However, some crashes are inherently more dangerous than others are. Examples include:
- Underride crashes involving semitrucks
- Head-on collisions at high speeds
- Rear-end crashes at high speeds
- T-bone (side impact) collisions
The last ones do not receive enough consideration. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge about these crashes can increase your odds of suffering a severe injury. As is the case with other types of accidents, learning how T-bone collisions occur may help you avoid the worst outcome.
What is a T-bone crash?
These crashes typically occur when one vehicle crashes into the side of another one (making a T-bone shape). They often occur at intersections when the at-fault driver fails to stop at a traffic light or sign.
Often, both vehicles are moving at or near posted speed limits. As such, these accidents usually involve a large amount of force. People involved in these crashes often suffer catastrophic. Examples include multiple broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord damage. Too often, people are fatally injured.
In most cases, identifying fault is not hard. For example, if a person is driving on a highway with no traffic signals in the immediate area, he or she is probably not breaking any laws. If the other driver does not stop at an intersection traffic signal and collides with the other car, this second driver likely bears most, if not all, the fault.
The victim in a T-bone accident may qualify for an array of financial damages in California to help them alleviate their hardships. Some of these include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and income
- Costs of transportation (rental cars, etc.)
- Loss of companionship or affection (when a loved one dies in a crash)
We urge you to continue learning more about T-bone motor vehicle accidents and other types of crashes. Increasing your education can protect your right to seek financial damages in the wake of severe injuries.