Broadside Collision and T Bone Accident Guide

Where Broadside Collisions Most Commonly Occur

Broadside collisions are a type of motor accident that is more commonly known across Texas as T-bone accidents.  Broadside collisions happen when the front of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle.

Where Do Broadside Collisions Most Commonly Occur?

Broadside collisions normally occur at intersections because so many lanes of traffic come to an intersection, a point of conflict is created. Left-hand turns are always risky moves because they must go into oncoming traffic, making broadside collisions more likely to happen. The risk of broadside collision goes up when a driver making a left-hand turn must yield to traffic.

Sometimes, stoplights are out and other signals are not properly provided to drivers. In these cases, drivers have to rely on riskier moves to proceed, making it especially dangerous for left-hand turns. If vehicles do not yield the right-of-way, they can hit a car that is obeying the right-of-way rules.

Drivers also often run red lights and hit a vehicle, or multiple, in oncoming traffic. This can be because the driver is inebriated, was distracted, or simply didn’t see a light. The same can happen for a driver who runs a stop sign, which can easily happen if the driver is distracted by texting or talking to passengers in the car.

T Bone Car Accident Injuries

The common injuries caused by broadside collisions range from minor to severe. All of them, however, can have a lasting impact on the victim beyond high medical bills, physical therapy, and other medical issues that can arise.

Head Injuries – Whiplash is an example of a head injury that can occur in any type of vehicle accident. What is seen most often in broadside collisions are deep head lacerations from driver impact with the vehicle. It is generally difficult to determine the severity of head trauma because if serious, it could lead to permanent brain damage.

Leg and Arm Injuries – Leg and arm injuries can fluctuate in severity based on the details of the accident. Leg and arm injuries are caused by a sudden movement that jars the ligaments and stretches the muscles. The car wreck can also cause additional lower extremity damage if a driver hits his knees on the bottom of the dashboard or steering wheel. If whiplash is caused by a large enough force, the pain from the neck can travel into the shoulders, upper back, and arms. Broken bones are also more common in leg and arm injuries.

Connective Tissue Damage – Also known as soft-tissue injuries, these wounds can be seen either along with a cut or even felt without any bruising. Examples include muscle sprains, whiplash to the neck, and/or spine damage. Tissue damage is the most common type of injury in all vehicle accidents.

Scrapes, Cuts, and Burns – When a vehicle hits a car, any loose objects in the car can hit the driver or passengers in the face, arms, stomach, head and neck, and legs. It is more dangerous if there are sharp objects that can cut skin deeply or heavy objects that can knock someone unconscious. Even hot coffee can cause burns if it spills onto a person’s skin. This isn’t to mention the most severe injuries in this category, which are cuts from broken glass or car parts that can jab deep into the skin.

It’s important to keep in mind that car accident injuries may not be felt right away after a collision. The onset of symptoms can come up later in the day or in a day or so. It’s vital to seek medical attention immediately after the auto wreck, but additionally upon feeling pain and/or realizing the severity of the injury.

T Bone Accident Fault

When a T-bone accident occurs, it is usually clear who is at fault because vehicle damage is generally a tell-tale sign of how the accident happened and who is at fault.

Contact a T Bone Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a broadside collision, contact Lubbock car accident lawyer Ted Liggett to discuss your case at no cost. Our consultations are entirely confidential, so reach out today to learn more about how we can help.