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Why can T-bone car crashes be so devastating?

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2023 | Auto Accidents

T-bone collisions are notorious for their devastating consequences. Also known as side-impact or broadside collisions, these accidents transpire when an incoming vehicle crashes head-on into the side of another.

Driver behavior often plays a significant role in T-bone crashes. Distracted driving, speeding, running red lights and impaired driving are common factors in these accidents. The unique nature of T-bone crashes poses serious threats to vehicle occupants and often results in severe injuries and fatalities.

The anatomy of a T-bone collision

T-bone collisions typically happen at intersections when drivers fail to yield the right of way or disregard a traffic signal. Picture this: a car moving at a high speed smashes directly into the side of another vehicle. The force of impact is concentrated on the side of the car, leading to a range of dire consequences.

In a T-bone collision, the impacting vehicle often intrudes into the cabin of the struck vehicle. This intrusion increases the risk of severe injuries to the occupants. Unlike the front and rear of vehicles, the sides are less fortified. This lack of structural reinforcement makes the sides vulnerable to deformation, contributing to the accident’s severity.

Injuries in T-bone crashes

Due to the inherent nature of these accidents, occupants are at a high risk of various head injuries; the sudden jolt and impact can cause concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Passengers in the impacted vehicle may also sustain chest and abdominal injuries. This is because the force of the collision is likely to cause chest and abdominal trauma, leading to broken ribs, internal bleeding and organ damage.

The spine is also quite vulnerable in T-bone car crashes, and the accident’s impact can often result in severe back and neck injuries, including spinal cord damage. Furthermore, the rapid deceleration in a T-bone crash can cause whiplash, leading to neck and upper back injuries. Not to mention that legs and hips can suffer significant injuries, including fractures and dislocations.

T-bone car crashes are undeniably devastating events often resulting in severe consequences for those involved. Understanding the mechanics of these accidents and their potential outcomes is crucial for victims who want to pursue compensation for their injuries.