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Georgia Automobile Accident Attorney Discusses T-Bone Accidents

July 17, 2015

T-bone or side impact crashes are some of the most common and dangerous forms of car accidents occurring in Georgia. T-bone collisions often occur at intersections. Generally, the vehicles involved in these accidents traveling through some sort of converging roadways. T-bone accidents happen when two vehicles are traveling at a right angle to one another, or one driver is headed straight through an intersection when another is turning, thus forming a "T" shaped accident.

T-bone accidents will often involve serious injuries and can be tragically fatal. This is mainly due to the ineffectiveness of side air bags, which even when installed in vehicles, tend to offer little protection. Without the assistance of a well functioning air bag to stop your motion and cushion the blow, crash victims are left with just the door frame for protection. When a fast moving vehicle pummels into the side of the vehicle, a door frame provides inadequate protection.  Further, when the side vehicle pushes into the door even a few inches, those seated nearby are at high risk of serious injuries or death.

T-Bone Accidents are Associated with Serious Injuries

Some injuries often associated with t-bone accidents include, but are not limited to:

• Head injuries
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Back injuries
• Broken bones
• Spinal cord injuries
• Damage to the heart
• Fractured ribs
• Punctured lungs
• Disfigurement
• Lacerations
• Permanent disability
• Amputation
• Death

Any of these injuries can result in the accumulation of extensive medical bills and lengthy recovery time. Injured accident victims can miss considerable time off work and need ongoing physical therapy. The most seriously injured may sadly never recover from the t-bone accident.

Causes of Side Impact Crashes

T-bone accidents can be caused by a variety of situations, but most are attributed to driver negligence. Often, this includes the failure of one driver to yield at a stop sign or traffic light or when the driver ignores the signal all together. T-bone accidents often occur, among other things, due to the following:

• A driver fails to stop at a traffic light or stop sign;
• A driver does not yield the right of way when driving through an intersection;
• A driver pulls into the intersection or makes a turn without checking for approaching traffic;
• A driver is distracted and fails to observe an oncoming vehicle, traffic light, or stop sign;
• A driver acts aggressively and speeds or turns quickly through an intersection;
• A driver fails to yield the right of way when turning into an intersection;
• A driver mistakenly believes another driver will stop and turns in front of him or her.

When a side impact accident occurs, it will be necessary to analyze fault. Either driver could be responsible for this sort of crash and the ultimate determination as to fault will depend upon the circumstances of the accident. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will assess facts and circumstances of your case and assist you in obtaining a full recovery.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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