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Understanding T-Bone Car Accidents

Posted on in Car Accidents

crystal lake car crash lawyerThe T-bone car accident is one the most common and destructive traffic accidents. It occurs when the front end of one car strikes the side of another. The name refers to the “T” shape the vehicles form when they collide, resembling the “T-bone” found in some animals.

These accidents account for a disproportionate number of fatal crashes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, T-bone collisions (also called “side impact collisions”) accounted for 23 percent of all vehicle occupant deaths.

Why Are T-bone Accidents So Dangerous?

T-bone collisions are dangerous because of the way vehicles are designed. The side of a car offers the least protection and reinforcement. Often times, a thin piece of metal and some plastic are the only things separating the victim from the full force of the crash.

Secondly, the destructive potential of T-bone accidents also lies in where they occur – namely, at intersections. The at-fault driver likely missed a traffic signal and failed to see the other driver before the crash, meaning there was little time to brake or swerve.

T-bone Accident Lawsuits

If the accident was the result of negligence, the victim can file a lawsuit against the responsible party. A successful suit may result in a financial award known as damages. Damages address the injuries suffered by the plaintiff because of the defendant’s wrongdoing and may cover the cost of medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Many different parties could be liable, including the other driver, the car manufacturer, and government agencies. Any party whose negligence contributed to the victim’s injuries can be included as a defendant.

Contact an Experienced McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer

Suffering a severe car accident, such as a T-bone accident, can change your life. The physical injuries are debilitating. Overcoming all the other challenges, such as medical debt, lost wages, and mental trauma, are other obstacles on the path back to normal.

Thankfully, you do not have to face these challenges on your own. If the crash was the result of negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

An experienced personal injury attorney from Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC can help protect your rights and fight for compensation. Our attorneys know the law and the evidence needed to bring a powerful case. If you are searching for an experienced McHenry County personal injury attorney, call Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC today at 815-338-3838 for a free initial consultation.  




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