Side impact vehicle collisions can cause catastrophic damage. This type of crash, also known as a T-bone, broadside or right-angle collision, tends to be devastating. This is due partially to the lack of protection on the sides of most vehicles.
Vehicles are generally equipped with more protection from impact at the front and back, or bumpers of the vehicle. Where as the side of a car has little protective layers, there is mostly just door and little else between you and oncoming traffic. Some vehicles have side impact airbags which help some, but they are often not enough in these types of accidents.
All T-bone or side impact car accidents have the potential to cause devastating injuries. However, the damage is significantly worse when one vehicle outweighs the other. Research published by the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences found that the “greater weight, stiffer structure, and higher ride height” of trucks give them an advantage when it comes to broadside collisions with passenger cars. Meaning even light trucks handle these types of collisions better, and cause significantly more damage to passenger vehicles and cars. And the passengers in the smaller vehicle incur more severe injuries. The study found this even with light trucks, meaning the level of damage to the smaller vehicle is worse the larger the other vehicle. Making this type of crash particularly dangerous if it involves an 18-wheeler or big rig truck.
If you happen to be the victim of a right-angle collision, there are a few basics to keep in mind. Or just check out our blog on the Car wreck Dos and Don’ts.
Perhaps most importantly, you want to be sure to visit your doctor. Avoiding medical attention can be a major handicap when it comes to obtaining compensation for your injuries. Failure to follow medical advice can also be very harmful to your health and recovery.
You should contact your insurance company to inform them you have been in an accident. Understanding the types of car insurance you have, and what will cover your injuries is difficult. An experienced accident attorney can help you sift through this information. If you need help understanding the basics of car insurance, check out our blog explaining car insurance, Under-insured Motorist Insurance Coverage, Uninsured Motorist Coverage, and KY’s No Fault and PIP insurance.
Unfortunately, insurance companies (even your own) are not always looking out for your best interest. Often instead, they will do whatever in their power to serve their bottom line, even if that means giving you a pathetically low offer. This is why it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney with experience in side impact collisions. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the process. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in finding and getting the medical help you need, in of collecting and filing evidence, and getting the compensation for your injuries.
The attorneys at Hurst & Hurst can help you navigate the difficult steps involved in dealing with your auto accident and injuries. We can help you determine if you have viable claim and assist in determining if the potential Defendant has insurance or is financially in a position to be able to compensate you for your injuries. If we agree that you have a good claim, we can assist in negotiating a settlement or bringing a lawsuit on your behalf. In Personal Injury Cases, we work off of a contingent fee. This means you do not have to pay us anything up front, our fee is earned as a percentage of what you are paid. You owes us nothing if we don’t settle your case or win at trial.
If you have questions about T-Bone Accidents or bringing a personal injury claim contact an attorney experienced in personal injury negligence claims as soon as possible after your accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury, such as a car wreck or slip and fall, please contact one of the attorneys at Hurst & Hurst at (859) 209-2101.