A T-bone collision, also called a broadside, is one of the deadliest crash types according to a report from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. A T-bone accident happens when a car is hit in its side by another car at a 90-degree angle.
In most T-bone crashes, one vehicle pulls in the path of another and gets hit broadside. In most cases, the driver of the striking car barely has time to put on the brakes making the impact more violent and dangerous for those inside both cars.
One Dead, One Injured in T-Bone near Visalia
Two pickup trucks collided near Avenue 264 and Road 164 in Tulare County on Friday, April 17, 2020, around 11:12 .a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, one pickup had stopped at a stop sign but then moved into the intersection into the path of the other pickup causing the T-bone crash.
The driver of the truck that was hit died of his injuries and the other sustained moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital.
Rural Driving and T-Bone Accidents
The most common reason for a T-bone accident is when one vehicle runs a stop sign into the path of another. Federal Highway Administration reported that around 20 percent of all traffic fatalities happen at intersections, and around 80 percent of all rural intersection fatalities happen at unsignalized intersections which include intersections controlled by only a stop or yield sign on one road.
Drivers who live in rural areas like Tulare County are familiar with these intersections and know the dangers they pose. At Maison Law, we feel that driving on a country road shouldn’t be a recipe for a personal injury, and we will work hard for anyone who suffers through a T-bone accident to get them the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
T-Bone Crash Injuries
T-bone accidents cause serious injuries because of the intensity of the collision and the dynamics of the side-impact. The side of the car is the most vulnerable and offers the least protection. A T-bone will crush in the side and cause those inside to be thrown about. Some vehicles have side-impact airbags, but these aren’t as effective, and in some cases cause greater injuries than there would be if there were no airbags.
This causes certain common types of injuries to those who endure a broadside collision. Some of these are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Ribs
- Broken Collarbone
- Nerve Damage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Organ Damage
- Broken Arms/Legs
Contact a Visalia Car Accident Lawyer
After an accident involving a serious injury, speak to an experienced Visalia car accident lawyer such as Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.