T-Bone Accidents: Your Risk of Injury and How to Avoid Them

What does it mean to T-bone someone? T-bone accidents, often referred to as broadside or side-impact collisions, happen when one car crashes into the side of another car. The most common place for a T-bone accident to occur is at an intersection or a traffic light or sign. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 3,000 vehicles were involved in fatal car accidents that were the result of an initial T-bone collision on the left or right side of the car.

Common T-Bone Accident Causes

T-bone accidents are not mere fender benders. Rather, both vehicles involved are typically going at full speed when they collide. The most common causes of a T-bone accident include, but are not limited to, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, running a red light, failing to yield, texting while driving, speeding, and inattentive or distracted driving.

Some of Nevada’s most dangerous and busiest intersections in Clark County include Losee Road & Cheyenne Avenue, Charleston Boulevard & Lamb Boulevard, Desert Inn Road & Maryland Parkway, Tropicana Avenue & Paradise Road, as well as Losee Road and Craig Road. Nevada T-bone accidents can result in significant injuries to the driver and/or any passengers involved in the crash. Common injuries include bone fractures, loss of limbs, disfigurement, paralysis, whiplash, brain injuries second- and third-degree burns, muscle and ligament tears, and even emotional harm including post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

Drivers and Passengers at Greater Risk When T-Boned

Victims of a Nevada T-bone crash tend to be at a greater risk of injury than other types of car accidents. This is because the nature of a T-bone accident. In most cases, the cars involved in the T-bone crash are spun or turned from their original directions. This may result in the car being spun around multiple times, rolling over, or crossing lanes against traffic and being hit by other speeding vehicles. Because the side of a vehicle has less protection than the front or rear due to not having a hood with an engine or trunk as a buffer for the impact, drivers and passengers are often at greater risk for serious injuries. Thankfully, most of the newer vehicles have side-impact airbags that help protect passengers from serious injuries when their vehicle is T-boned.

A skilled Nevada personal injury lawyer can help with your T-bone accident case and seek monetary compensation for past, current, and future medical expenses as well as loss of past and future earnings. Do not let the at-fault driver or the auto insurance company walk away without compensating you justly.

Nevada T-Bone Accident Lawyers

No matter what the cause of your Nevada T-bone accident, the skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau will fight hard to seek the compensation you deserve. Personal injury cases resulting from car accidents can be complicated. They often require a web of evidence including police reports, eyewitness statements, expert testimony, and physical damage left at the accident scene. This can be overwhelming for a crash victim struggling to recover medically. Contact our firm today to schedule your initial case evaluation.

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