Our Car Wreck Lawyers in Tennessee Explain T-Bone Crashes
Car crashes (also called car “accidents”) injure millions of U.S. drivers each year. Rear-end accidents, head-on collisions and sideswipe accidents are responsible for billions of dollars in medical expenses and property damage annually.
One of the most dangerous types of crashes is a T-bone collision, also called a side-impact crash. Passengers and drivers involved in these collisions are far more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. In many T-bone collisions, vehicles are knocked into other objects or vehicles, worsening the potential outcomes for occupants.
Below, our car wreck lawyers in Tennessee explain important information on T-bone collisions.
What Causes T-Bone Collisions?
T-bone collisions are most likely to occur at intersections. There are several common causes of T-bone crashes, including:
- Drunk driving. Drunk or impaired drivers are less able to react to obstacles and especially other motorists. This is because alcohol slows down reaction speed and impairs perception.
- Running red lights. Motorists are far more likely to cause a T-bone collision while running a red light. This is one of the most common causes of T-bone collisions at intersections. In addition, motorists may cause side collisions by ignoring yield signs.
- Speeding. Motorists who are speeding take longer to slow down. If a motorist speeds through an intersection, they may cause a T-bone crash.
- Fatigued driving. Fatigued drivers cause thousands of car crashes each year, including T-bone collisions. Motorists may fall asleep while driving, including through an intersection.
- Right-of-way violations. Some motorists may attempt to take the right-of-way from other motorists. This is also a common cause of collisions at intersections, especially at intersections with stop signs.
- Right-hand and left-hand turns. T-bone collisions may occur when motorists are turning onto a roadway. Motorists may be responsible for crashes caused by making unsafe turns.
What Are Common T-Bone Crash Injuries?
T-bone collisions may cause catastrophic injuries because vehicle occupants have far less protection from impact forces. Car accident injuries after a T-bone crash include:
- Brain injuries. Blunt-force trauma or whiplash from a T-bone collision can cause a brain injury, including a concussion.
- Spinal cord injuries. Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries are possible after a T-bone collision.
- Broken bones and lacerations. Broken bones and lacerations are a possible outcome with any type of crash, especially a T-bone collision.
Who Is At Fault in a T-Bone Collision?
Who is at fault for a car crash depends on the circumstances. Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way at intersections may be liable for damages they cause during a collision.
Evidence is crucial during a car wreck case. It is important to act quickly to secure evidence after a collision. The attorneys at Myers & Ball, LLP can help uncover evidence and preserve existing evidence. Many intersections and some storefronts, especially gas stations, have cameras. Video footage of your collision may exist.
Contact Our Car Wreck Lawyers in Tennessee for More Information
The car wreck lawyers at Myers & Ball, LLP offer free consultations. You can schedule a consultation with us by dialing (423) 248-1023 or by using the contact form on our site. We can explain your legal rights after a crash.