The Complexity of T-Bone Collisions
There are various kinds of car accidents, such as head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and rollovers. But one of the most overlooked yet equally dangerous kinds is T-bone collisions. In fact, it is so overlooked that many people don’t even know what it is. A T-bone collision occurs when the front end of a vehicle hits the side of another, forming a letter “T,” hence the name.
What makes T-bone collisions dangerous is the fact that, often, the accidents are chain reactions. The vehicle that gets T-boned may receive enough force for it to crash to nearby obstacles, such as other vehicles, utility poles, street lights, and fire hydrants. It may even turnover and eject its occupants. The vehicle that causes the T-bone accident may also inflict enough force on itself that it goes over the initial collision area and wreak further havoc.
T-bone collisions are even more tragic when a negligent or reckless party has caused it. This is because an innocent person is likely hurt and properties are likely damaged just because of somebody else’s actions. Those who have been victims of such instances may have legal options, which is good news.
T-bone accidents typically occur because of right-of-way problems. For example, a vehicle has been diligently crossing the intersection with a green light when a vehicle from the adjacent road suddenly enters the intersection with a red light, resulting into a T-bone collision.
The diligent driver, the one who gets his vehicle T-boned, is clearly at a disadvantage. First, he didn’t do anything wrong and was just following traffic rules. Second, being T-boned puts him at risk of crashing on nearby obstacles, such as those that have been mentioned earlier.
It is not always about running through red lights and blowing stop signs, because even seemingly innocent behaviors such as turning left may put that vehicle’s occupants at risk of getting T-boned by vehicles from oncoming traffic. In these instances, the person who gets T-boned is the one who has been negligent.
Whoever is at fault, it doesn’t change the fact that there will be medical bills, repair costs, and possibly lost wages for losing time at work because of injury.