T-Bone Accident

Side Impact Collisions

Car accident side impactEvery year, roughly 3.18 million side-impact accidents occur in the United States, according to Yale researchers. Side impact crashes account for 25% of injuries and 28% of fatalities, according to the latest statistics. The front end of a vehicle can absorb two to five times the amount of force as the side panels, so injuries can be quite severe.

Louisiana car crash injury attorney Bart Bernard has secured millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs injured in this type of devastating crash. He has recovered compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, emotional pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and wrongful death. Call today to obtain free legal counsel regarding your case.

T-boned? What to do next

The best steps you can take to build a strong case are to:

  • Obtain driver and insurance information from the party that hit you
  • Jot down all information you can remember about the weather, where you were going, and what happened
  • Call the police to file an official accident report
  • Get the contact information of any eyewitnesses who can corroborate your story
  • Take photographs of the scene and any injuries sustained.

Common side impact collision injuries

Severe injuries to the chest, head, abdomen and pelvis are observed in side impact crashes, regardless of seating position. Common injuries in T-bone accidents include:

  • Severe head trauma
  • Internal organ perforation
  • Neck and spine injuries that may result in paralysis
  • Crushing injuries to the limbs, including amputations
  • Bruising and broken bones in the chest, abdomen and pelvis

Side collision statistics

The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that 28.9 percent of all US crashes (1,779,000 accidents) involve side impact collisions.

Over the years, side air bags, design improvements and vehicle safety ratings have helped consumers limit their risk of injury. The IIHS explains that a driver of a vehicle with a “good” side crash rating is 70 percent less likely to die in a left-side crash compared to 49 percent for a driver of a vehicle that is rated “marginal”. Even so, the best safety features cannot protect individuals from harm under certain circumstances.

How to prevent a broadside collision

The best a person can do to prevent a side-impact collision is to pay attention to your surroundings, obey all traffic signs and signals, pause and look both ways before entering an intersection even if the light is green, and purchase a car that offers better safety ratings and protection for this type of accident. When faced with an impending side collision, look for an escape route and brake or accelerate quickly, turning your vehicle away from the oncoming vehicle if you can.

Who is at fault in a T bone car accident?

Broadside collisions are most commonly caused by a failure to yield right of way, so T bone accident fault is typically assigned to the driver of the impacting vehicle. Running traffic lights and speeding are often uncovered in T bone accident investigations.

Average T bone car accident settlement

Each case is unique, so there is no such thing as an “average T bone car accident settlement.” The amount of compensation depends upon how debilitating the plaintiff’s injuries are, the amount of financial loss suffered as a result of disability, losses suffered by a spouse or dependents, and evidence supporting the plaintiff’s version of what happened.

The following settlements and jury verdicts were obtained by Bart Bernard for his clients:

  • $300,000: Back surgery
  • $325,000: Neck & shoulder injuries
  • $390,000: Head injury & leg fracture
  • $925,000: Knee surgery

Broadsided? Speak with a T-bone accident lawyer

The Bart Bernard Law Firm is dedicated to helping clients recover fair compensation from accidents involving cars, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs and 18-wheelers. You have one year from the time of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit for your T bone accident. Contact Bart Bernard as soon as possible to begin investigating your claim.

T bone crash resources

  1. Monash University – Passenger Cars and Side Impact Injuries https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/217412/atsb134.pdf
  2. Injury Resources – Injuries from Side Impact Collisions http://www.injuryresources.com/injuries-from-side-impact-collisions/
  3. NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810631.pdf
  4. IIHS – Fatality Facts http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/passenger-vehicles
  5. IIHS – Side Testing http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/ratings-info/side-test

Last modified: March 16, 2017

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