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Side-impact crashes occur when one vehicle is hit on its side by the front end of another vehicle. Since the placement of the involved cars or trucks form a “T”, these side impact car accidents frequently are referred to as T-Bone accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports over 8,500 people annually die as a result of T-Bone crashes.
T-Bone crashes can result in catastrophic physical injuries that often require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. These injuries include broken bones, internal bleeding, injury to internal organs, cuts or lacerations, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, concussions, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other head injuries. Some of these injuries can be permanent in nature, causing lifelong disability.
Determining who is at fault when a side impact accident takes place can be an important step in obtaining compensation for those injured in the collision. In order for a driver to be liable, there must be negligence on the part of that driver.
Some common causes of T-Bone accidents are when drivers run red lights or otherwise fail to obey traffic signals or signs. This can constitute negligence on the part of the driver, which would result in liability for the injuries sustained by the occupants of the sideswiped vehicle. In other cases, a car cuts out in front of another car leading to a side impact collision.
In many side impact cases, courts will determine a driver’s percentage of fault based on who had the right-of-way at the time of the collision. For example, if a driver is crossing the lane of another driver who is continuing in their lane when arriving at an intersection, the driver crossing lanes will likely be assigned a greater proportion of the fault.
At times a malfunctioning vehicle component can play a part in causing a side-impact collision. If defective car parts such as failing brakes, non-functioning side impact air bags, or broken seatbelts contribute to the injuries, the car manufacturer also may face some liability.
When physical injuries result from a T-Bone accident caused by the negligence of one or more of the drivers or the car manufacturer, compensation may be available to the injured persons.
Injured individuals may be able to receive compensation for:
Individuals injured in side-impact collisions may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Retaining the legal services of an experienced Wilmington Car accident lawyer is the first step in determining if negligence exists.
If you are involved in a T-Bone accident, call the police immediately and make sure to obtain a copy of the police report. Obtaining the contact information from any witnesses at the scene of the accident and taking pictures of the damage and road conditions immediately after the collision are also good ideas following any car accident.
The experienced Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow represent car accident victims throughout the state. To schedule a free confidential consultation today, call our Wilmington office at 302-427-9500, our Bear office at 302-834-8484, or our Milford office at 302-422-6705 or fill out an online contact form. We serve clients in Elsmere, Seaford, and across Delaware.