Broadside collisions are a common vehicle accident across the U.S. that, due to their nature, create a high risk for severe injuries and death. These car crashes are also more commonly known as T-bone accidents. Most are caused by driver negligence because the at-fault party wasn’t paying attention and could have prevented the collision.
Broadside collisions are a type of motor vehicle accident that occurs when the front of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. The causes for this vary, but they usually result in a severe accident because the driver of the vehicle that hits another head-on was distracted. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 3 million Americans are injured every year in vehicle accidents. Though the resulting car wreck injuries often occur differently based on the type of accident, such as a broadside collision or sideswiping incident, there are many common injuries that are caused by all vehicle accidents.
Common Types of Injuries from Broadside Collisions
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.
Why Do Broadside Collisions 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 often run a red light and hit a vehicle or multiple vehicles in oncoming traffic. This can be because the driver is inebriated or simply doesn’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.
Tips to Avoid Broadside Collisions
Aside from using enhanced caution when dealing with oncoming traffic, here are a few other tips to help you stay safer from those who drive recklessly:
- Stop at all red stoplights and stop signs.
- Don’t always count on other drivers to follow the rules of the road.
- Display extra caution during bad weather, such as icy conditions that can prevent cars from stopping in time, causing them to hit another vehicle.
- Follow all traffic signals.
- Obey speed limits, especially in poor weather that limits a driver’s visibility.
Lubbock Car Collision Lawyers
When a T-bone accident occurs, it is usually clear who is at fault. With broadside collisions, vehicle damage is also generally a tell-tale sign of how the accident happened and who is at fault. If you were injured in a broadside collision, contact a local Lubbock personal injury lawyer to discuss your case at no cost. After seeking medical attention, contacting an experienced attorney is the best next step to learn more about the legal process required to get you the financial compensation you need and deserve. At Liggett Law Group, our consultations are free and entirely confidential, so reach out today to learn more about how we can help.