Side Impacts Are The Second Most Dangerous Type Of Auto Accident, Right Behind Head-Ons
T-bone accidents happen when one vehicle crashes headfirst into the side of another vehicle. They're also known as angular, broadside, or side-impact crashes. In medical records, these accidents are sometimes written as AABS, short for auto accident broadside.
A t-bone crash can be especially horrifying, because the only thing separating your body from the front end of the often speeding, approaching, at-fault vehicle is a thin layer of metal and the interior of your door.
Intersections are dangerous and constitute a disproportionate share of the traffic safety issues on a national, state, and local level. When it comes to intersections, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says around 1 out of 5 traffic fatalities and approximately 4 out of 10 injuries happen at intersections. Almost half of all intersection crashes are t-bones.
What Are The Common Causes of T-Bone Crashes?
Running a red light or failing to stop at an intersection are some of the top causes of t-bone collisions.
What Types of Injuries Are Commonly Associated with T-Bone Crashes?
- Bone Fractures: The incredible force of a t-bone crash can break and shatter bones in these fracture prone areas: face, skull, neck, clavicle, shoulder, arm, ribs, pelvis, hip, leg, knee, ankle, and foot.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): T-bones at a high rate of speed can cause a traumatic brain injury, which may cause a loss of sense of smell and taste. A TBI ranges from the mildest of concussions to being left in a coma or passing away. An impact to the head is not required, because a blow or jolt to the head, or the body, makes the head and brain quickly move back and forth. This sudden movement causes the brain to bounce around inside of the skull, making brain chemicals change. It can damage the cells of the brain. Brain injuries require immediate medical attention.
- Seat belt syndrome: No doubt - - seatbelts save lives, but sometimes a fastened seatbelt can result in internal injuries caused by the placement and activation of the seatbelt during the crash. The distinct pattern of injuries that accompany seat belt use is called “seat belt syndrome”. The force of the impact itself, and the subsequent and sudden deceleration, can cause bowel and intestinal tears and other internal injuries.
If you were in a t-bone crash and you're injured, it's best to hire an attorney right away. The insurance company is ramping up its defense - you need someone to fight for you. You can reach out to me at (408) 214-5555 or Contact Renée Today.