What is a t-bone accident?

A side-impact collision or broadside collision, or a t-bone accident, occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape at the point of impact. These accidents typically happen at intersections where one driver fails to yield the right of way, runs a red light, or disregards a stop sign.

The force of a t-bone collision can cause significant damage to the vehicles involved and often results in severe injuries to the occupants, especially those on the side of the impacted vehicle. Unlike frontal or rear-end collisions, the sides of vehicles offer less protection, making side-impact collisions particularly dangerous.

T-bone accidents can occur in various scenarios, such as:

  • At a Traffic Signal: The most common setting for t-bone accidents, where drivers may misjudge traffic signals or fail to see oncoming traffic.
  • Parking Lots: Low-speed t-bone accidents can happen when drivers return from parking spaces without checking for cross-traffic.
  • At a Four-Way Stop: A vehicle might get t-boned at a four-way stop if other drivers do not follow the full all-way intersection.

The severity of a t-bone accident depends on factors like the speed of the vehicles involved, the point of impact, and the safety features of the vehicles. Common causes of t-bone accidents include distracted driving, impaired driving, reckless driving, and adverse weather conditions.

Due to the severe nature of these collisions, victims must seek immediate medical attention and legal advice to protect their rights and receive the compensation they deserve.