Broadside collisions, also frequently known as T-bone collisions, occur when one vehicle hits the side of another. These types of accidents typically occur at intersections, and a negligent driver may be the cause of the accident by running a red light or a stop sign. Failing to yield accordingly, and being distracted with a cell phone, are other common causes of broadside collisions. In some cases, more than one driver may be liable in a broadside collision. Other times, a driver may not even be the one directly responsible for a broadside collision. For example, if a traffic light is out or if there is no stop sign at an intersection where there should be one, the city, town, or county may potentially be held liable. No matter the cause, being involved in a broadside collision can be a traumatizing experience, especially when the accident results in severe and deliberating injuries.
Broadside collisions often result in more fatalities and serious injuries than any other type of auto accident. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), 51 percent of deadly automobile accidents in one recent year were a direct result of broadside collisions. This makes broadside collisions more dangerous than other types of auto accidents, such as head-on collisions, rear-end accidents, and sideswipe accidents.
When broadside collisions are not fatal, some of the common types of injuries that can result include:
- Skull fractures
- Pelvic fractures
- Neck injuries
- Organ damage
- Severe spinal cord injuries
- Injuries to the chest and/or torso area
- Serious head injuries, which can be life-changing
The severity of a broadside collision will often depend on the size of the two vehicles involved. If one car hits another, it can still be a serious accident that results in severe and painful injuries. However, if a truck T-bones a much smaller vehicle, it can cause devastating (or fatal) injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. When someone is killed in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, a wrongful death lawsuit may result.
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