What is a T-Bone Accident?
A “T-bone” accident happens when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, usually at a 90-degree angle, resulting in the namesake “T” shape. These accidents are also commonly called side-impact or broadside crashes. Approximately 10,000 people die in side-impact traffic accidents in the U.S. each year, which is about 25 percent of all annual traffic fatalities in the country. Thousands more are seriously injured.
How T-Bone Crashes Occur
There are a number of ways in which side-impact collisions occur. One of the most common is when drivers fail to yield at intersections and crash into each other. T-bone crashes often cause more serious injury than rear-end collisions and can be even deadlier than head-on collisions.
The reason they are so dangerous is that a vehicle’s sides have few safety features, making vehicle occupants particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injury or death in a side-impact accident. While some newer model cars have side airbags, these airbags are often not strong enough on their own to withstand the deadly force of a side collision. And many cars have no side airbags at all, which means the only protection in a crash is the car door.
Some common injuries from side-impact crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injury and other head trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury (including whiplash)
- Soft tissue injury
These serious injuries can be life changing. The physical and emotional suffering and trauma caused by the crash may never go away. Some people never completely recover from their injuries and have to learn to live with a new, more limited physical reality. Crash victims also suffer severe economic hardships because of medical bills and lost time at work. Some people are never able to return to work; and, sadly, when a loved one is lost in a crash, the devastating emotional suffering can be made even worse if that person was also a financial provider.
When a T-bone accident occurs, your whole life can change in a mere moment. Even a more moderate injury can involve a lengthy hospital stay, time away from work, pain, distress and substantial medical expense.
Unfortunately, these accidents and resulting injuries–and deaths–are often caused by negligent drivers.
What is negligent driving? Negligent driving includes:
- Impaired driving—being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which leads to impaired judgement, coordination and reaction times behind the wheel.
- Aggressive and reckless driving—this includes speeding, weaving in and out of traffic , running red lights, rolling through stop signs and more.
- Distracted driving—texting, talking on the phone, eating, shaving or putting on makeup can all lead to inattention on the road and accidents.
- Drowsy driving—tired drivers are less attentive, with slower reaction times and risk falling asleep at the wheel.
We Can Help
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we understand how utterly disastrous T-bone accidents can be. You don’t deserve to bear the burdens alone. New York personal injury law requires negligent drivers to compensate their victims, not only for the accident itself, but also for the suffering and expense incurred as a result. Often, that means pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider.
When another driver causes you injury, you are entitled to financial compensation. Unfortunately, insurance companies make their money by paying out as little as possible, even on perfectly legitimate claims. That isn’t fair. After all the distress of an auto accident, the last thing you should have to deal with is a battle against an insurer who has a clear responsibility to pay for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side-impact collision, a New York t-bone accident attorney at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help.
Fighting for You
We offer our services on a contingency basis. If our firm accepts your case, you won’t have to pay one penny for our services unless and until we achieve a monetary recovery for you. We’ll take on the insurance company so that you can focus on what matters: healing and moving on with your life. Our skilled attorneys have years of experience in dealing with insurance companies. We understand how to litigate these matters and ensure that the other side treats you fairly. Using our extensive industry resources, we mount effective investigations in order to establish liability and maximize your recovery.
Contact Our New York T-Bone Accident Lawyer
To schedule a free consultation, please contact our office today. Our services are available to injured victims throughout New York City and New York State. Time limits may apply to your claim, so please get in touch with us right away.