Why are T-Bone Accidents Dangerous?

T-Bone accidents, otherwise known as side impact collisions or broadside collisions, happen when the front of one car hits the side of another in a perpendicular fashion. These types of collisions often result in serious injuries, sometimes even fatalities.

T bone accidents tbone accidents side impact collisions broadside collisions perpendicularAccidents where another vehicle hits you in either the front or rear means the other car will first hit things like the bumper, engine, trunk, and seats along with the steel frame of the car. In a T-Bone accident there is typically only a door and window, offering much less protection. This can result in serious car accident injuries, even the death of a driver or passenger.

Safety Tip: Check to see if you have side impact airbags. These will help reduce fatalities.

T-Bone Accidents: Common Causes

T-Bone accidents can occur in many different traffic situations. Right-of-way violations are one of the most common factors – failing to yield to the driver that has the right-of-way; for instance, drivers who run red lights, fail to yield to oncoming traffic, or roll through stop signs.

Other common reasons include:

  • Distracted driving (texting, eating or drinking, turning dashboard dials)
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Blocked view
  • Misjudgment of gap size when turning
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Operating a defective motor vehicle (i.e., bad brakes)

Have you been in a T-Bone car accident? Call us at (877) 284-6600 for a free, no-obligation care review.

Types of Injuries

hits the side front of one car car accidents right of way violations personal injurySome of the more common injuries include:

  • Head injuries, which may include cuts from broken glass, concussion, and severe brain trauma. They can also result in changing your memory, concentration, and reasoning abilities.
  • Neck injuries, or whiplash, can result in herniated discs.
  • Back injuries range from herniated discs to nerve damage, spinal cord damage and chronic pain. They can also result in partial or full paralysis.
  • Pelvic, abdominal, and chest include fractures to internal organ damage.

T-Bone Accidents: Who is Responsible?

Either driver might be deemed at fault for the accident – the driver who was broadsided or the one who did the broadsiding.

The vehicle manufacturer may also be at fault. For instance, if the vehicle contained faulty equipment that contributed to the crash (i.e., bad brakes), the vehicle manufacturer may be partially or fully liable. Your personal injury attorney will investigate to determine if the manufacturer shares responsibility or if there is some other third party who may be responsible (i.e., the shop that inspected the brakes).

Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that all parties in an accident can be held liable for damages based on how much each contributed to the accident. If the plaintiff is partially responsible for the accident that caused the injuries, their damages will be reduced by the percentage of their fault.

Your lawyer may prove liability by using the evidence gathered and show the percentage of fault of each party.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?

A car accident lawyer can build the strongest case to put you in the best position for a positive outcome.

Your lawyer may do things such as:

  • Visit the scene to investigate and gather evidence such as photos, videos and document evidence such as skid marks.
  • Talk to witnesses and obtain contact information.
  • Obtain the official police report and other accident reports.
  • Obtain your documents to show medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
  • Handle insurance companies’ inquiries and other communications.
  • File your personal injury case.


If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in which you suffered serious injuries due to another’s negligence, having an attorney who is your advocate can offer you peace of mind during your recovery. Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record of helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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