A T-Bone accident involves a dangerous and often high-speed broadside impact when the negligent driver of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle at a right-angle. Nearly all T-Bone accidents occur in intersections. At Maison Law, we represent the victims of T-Bone accidents, along with the families of those who perished in them.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents in California
California roads are known for the enormity of some intersections, and it’s a wonder that planners are able to safely control traffic patterns. There is heavy reliance though on drivers doing the right thing at the right time, and when they fail to follow the rules of the road at intersections, T-Bone impacts can occur. As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, about 8,000 people die from T-Bone accident injuries every year. Children are especially vulnerable in these types of accidents. Thousands of other vehicle occupants are injured. The most common cause of a T-Bone crash is the failure of a driver to yield the right-of-way at a traffic light or stop sign. Other causes might include power outages, traffic signal timing malfunction or something as simple as a burned-out light bulb.
Common Injuries Caused by T-Bone Impacts
In a T-Bone accident, an impact might cause one vehicle to be thrown off course and into an oncoming vehicle. A vehicle might even roll over. As T-Bones are side impacts, vehicles are less protected than front or rear impacts, even with side air bags. Some common T-Bone impact injuries include the following:
- Neck injuries including tearing of muscles, tendons and ligaments. These may also include vertebral fractures, disc displacement or herniations, nerve and spinal cord impingement or spinal cord tears.
- Lower back injuries including disc displacement, herniations and impingement of the sciatic nerve that leads to loss of range of motion and leg and foot dysfunction.
- Head injuries including lacerations, concussions, skull fractures and traumatic brain injury.
- Broken bones, including fractures of the neck, ribs, hip, arm, hand and leg.
- Wrongful death when a victim loses his or her life in a T-Bone crash.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Damages
The general rule in California is that the victim of a T-Bone accident is eligible to pursue compensation for injuries and damages that were suffered as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else. Those damages might consist of the following:
- Past medical bills and medical bills reasonably expected to be incurred in the future.
- Past lost earnings and earnings reasonably expected to be lost in the future.
- Pain and suffering calculated to the claimant’s life expectancy.
- Any lifelong disfigurement or disability.
- Diminished enjoyment of life.
- Funeral and burial costs and other valuable damages in the event of a wrongful death.
Contact Maison Law
At Maison Law, we have the legal experience, skills, and resources that are necessary to achieve a successful outcome in just about any type of car accident case. You don’t have the background or experience to bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit on your own.
That’s exactly what the opposing insurance company wants to see, though. You’ll make irreparable mistakes from the first step, and you’ll devalue your own case.
Rather than doing that, preserve and protect the value of your case by retaining us at Maison Law to represent you. A free and confidential consultation can be set up by phoning or emailing us. Your questions will be answered honestly, and if we’re retained to represent you, we will get you headed in the right legal direction. Don’t try to represent yourself for a minute. Contact us at Maison Law right away after being injured or losing a family member in any T-Bone accident anywhere in California.