Side Impact Crashes Are The Second Most Dangerous Type Of Auto Accident, Right Behind Head-On Collisions
T-bone accidents happen when one vehicle crashes head first into the side of another vehicle. T-bone accidents are also known as angular, broadside or side-impact crashes. In medical records, these accidents are sometimes noted as AABS, short for auto accident broadside.
Being the victim of 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. T-bones come in right behind head-on collisions as the most dangerous type of auto accident.
Intersections are dangerous. They 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) estimates around 1 out of 5 traffic fatalities and approximately 4 out of 10 injuries happen at intersections. Almost half of all crashes at intersections are t-bones.
What Are The Common Causes of T-Bone Crashes?
One driving running a red light or failing to stop at an intersection are some of the the top causes of t-bone collisions.
What Types of Injuries Are Commonly Associated with T-Bone Crashes?
Here are a few of the common injuries caused by side-impact crashes:
The incredible force of a t-bone crash can break and shatter bones. Areas prone to fracture include the face, skull, neck, clavicle, shoulder, arm, ribs, pelvis, hip, leg, knee, ankle and foot.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
A TBI can be anything from the mildest of concussions to an injury that results in a coma or even death.
An actual 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 also sometime damage the cells of the brain.
Brain injuries require immediate medical attention.
Seat belt syndrome
There is no doubt that seatbelts save lives, but sometimes presence of 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 are 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.
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