When a car’s front or back strikes another vehicle’s side, it is known as a broadside collision or T-bone accident. Roadways are generally designed to keep cars running safely parallel to one another, but these dangerous accidents can occur in certain places where lanes cross, such as intersections. Because the crash’s impact is focused on the area of the vehicle closest to the driver or passengers, which also often has the least available safety features, it can result in devastating injuries. Staying aware at intersections is often the best way to avoid these largely preventable accidents.
When Are You Most at Risk of a Broadside Collision?
Anywhere that vehicles cross paths has the potential to be the scene of a broadside accident, including:
- Intersections, particularly intersections where only one direction of traffic yields
- Highway on-ramps
- Parking lots
- Places where vehicles commonly make left-hand turns
- Residential streets where cars often back out of driveways
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over two million accidents happen annually at intersections across the United States. While not all of these accidents are broadside collisions, they make up a large portion of the crashes. It is highly recommended to exercise great care at all intersections to protect yourself and your passengers from harm. Sadly, broadside collisions account for only about 13% of all vehicle accidents nationwide yet result in 27% of all yearly traffic fatalities.
What Causes Broadside Collisions?
Unfortunately, most broadside collisions are caused by human error. The majority of these accidents could be prevented by drivers reducing distractions, paying more attention to the operation of their vehicles, and following the rules of the road. The top causes of T-bone accidents include:
- Accidentally or intentionally running red lights
- Failing to yield appropriately at intersections or when merging
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Paying attention to distractions such as texting or eating while driving
- Not accounting for slippery road conditions
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Assist You After a Broadside Collision?
Being involved in a T-bone accident can be traumatic. The impact is often very violent and may cause severe, life-threatening injuries. You could find yourself facing hefty medical bills and suffering lost income and property damage costs due to your accident. Too often, insurance companies are less than helpful when it comes to providing fair compensation for your losses, even if the other driver was clearly at fault.
An experienced car accident attorney can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to help you get the settlement you deserve. Contact our office today at (949) 749-7402 to learn more about how we can provide you with compassionate, knowledgeable legal support during this difficult time.