How do T-bone accidents happen?
As with most accidents, driver neglect tends to be the leading cause of T-bone accidents. When T-bone crashes happen at intersections, they can be brutal and easily result in fatalities or permanent injury. Many factors come into play, including:
- A driver’s failure to yield to oncoming traffic
- Speeding, especially resulting in running a red light or stop sign
- A vehicle unsuccessfully merges into traffic
- Vehicles passing on the highway
The scenarios that can cause a T-bone accident often hit too close to home, in intersections or highways that are frequently traveled. After a crash, you may feel as though your life has been turned upside down. We want you to be able to return to normal. And we’ll fight for your case until we get results that can ensure that.
What injuries can a T-bone accident cause?
A side-impact collision can happen at any speed. Usually, the higher speeds lead to more serious injuries. However, even the most innocent looking bruise can be an indicator of a much worse, underlying problem. Even if you feel “fine” after a T-bone accident, you should see a medical provider as quickly as possible. Many injuries are not easily detectable, and some can cause permanent damage. Some injuries caused by these types of accidents include:
- Concussions and whiplash-resulting in memory loss, personality problems and chronic headaches
- Shoulder fractures
- Hip or pelvic bone fractures
- Paralysis from spinal injuries
- Various bone breaks in the arms and legs
- Broken ribs
- Deep bruising from seatbelt resistance, often forming hard hematomas
- Internal bleeding
These accidents are not to be taken lightly. Some, such as serious neck and spinal injuries, can lead to paralysis. Others, such as traumatic brain injuries, may severely compromise someone’s quality of life. Memory loss, emotional and personality shifts and chronic migraines can all result from a brain injury. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should be properly compensated.
Where do T-bone accidents happen?
T-bone accidents most often occur in intersections. Side-impact collisions are possible from multiple different angles, especially in a four-way intersection that may not have four stops. Crossing oncoming traffic takes the ability to properly judge distance so as not to cross too soon (thus, causing an accident by failing to yield). Speeding through intersections is also common, and a driver could be held liable for failing to slow or stop in order to avoid an accident.
They are also common at lights when a car turns too soon or a car speeding above the limit collides with what should have otherwise been a safe turn. Anywhere a turn can be made, a side-impact collision can occur. This is why it is incredibly important for all motorists to not only stay alert while driving, but obey all rules of the road, especially when regarding right of way.
In the event of a collision caused by negligence, don’t try to take on the insurance company alone. You need a trusted, experienced Florida car accident attorney to help you.
You need a lawyer to protect your rights
At Pajcic & Pajcic, we have been representing some of the most challenging personal injury and car accident cases in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas for decades. We settled one case for $8 million for a client paralyzed in a T-bone collision. We are who people call when they’ve been injured due to negligence, and we are who people can trust to listen to their case and fight tirelessly until we have results. There’s no risk in contacting us. We are here to listen to your needs and we offer a free case evaluation. You pay no fees unless a recovery is made.
Our law firm has dealt with hundreds of T-bone cases before, and we know how to fight back against negligent drivers’ excuses and stubborn insurance companies. With decades of experience on our side, we have a track record of success, including a $1.85 million settlement from a neglectful truck driver who T-boned a police car.