Who Is At Fault for a T-Bone Car Accident?
A T-bone accident happens whenever one vehicle strikes another vehicle in the passenger cabin on either side. A T-bone accident is dangerous and could cause serious injuries or death. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that T-bone accidents accounted for 23 percent of car accident-related vehicle occupant deaths in 2020. Additionally, T-bone accidents claim about 8,000 lives each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
A T-bone collision often happens when a driver turns left in front of another vehicle, or when a driver runs a red light and strikes another vehicle. In both cases, the driver who violated the other motorist’s right-of-way is the one who caused the accident and is likely liable for related injuries and losses.
A left-hand turn requires you to cross the travel lane of oncoming traffic. If you make the turn without yielding the right-of-way, an oncoming vehicle might strike your vehicle on the passenger side. A speeding driver also might cause a T-bone accident by violating your right-of-way while you are turning left.
Video evidence can help prove who is at fault for a T-bone accident. The vehicle that has been struck might have had a dashcam recording of the event. When there is no dashcam, a traffic camera or a nearby security camera might have recorded the event. Witness statements can also help affirm who caused the accident.
If you are able to take photos of the accident scene, that could help show who likely caused the accident. An experienced car accident lawyer can help build a strong case against the negligent driver.
Dangers of T-Bone Car Accidents
Passive safety systems that most vehicles contain generally do not help in T-bone accidents. There is no crumple zone to absorb a good amount of the energy created by the impact. The side has fewer airbags available to prevent a hard impact, and seat belts do not work as well when the collision comes from the side.
A side-impact accident often leads to traumatic brain injuries and neck and back injuries. You might hit your head against the side window or against the head of a passenger sitting next to you. These accidents typically cause severe injuries.
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