The fact that occupants have so little protection in a T-bone accident means that life-threatening injuries are far more common in these car wrecks. Oftentimes, fatalities in a side-impact crash sem from severe injuries to the head and brain.
This level of danger, of course, involves the strength of the impact. However, the difference in the size of the two vehicles also plays a role. For instance, the height difference between an SUV and a coupe is quite significant. In a side collision, the bumper of the SUV has the potential to sit at the height of the other driver’s head. In such an auto accident, there’s almost no way to protect the head and brain from potentially traumatic or even fatal injury.
Some estimate that about 25% of all car accidents involve a side-impact collision. Among these collisions, around 27% involved occupant death. Due to the severe nature of these accidents, auto manufacturers began to develop side-impact airbags (SABs) in the late 80s and early 90s. Drivers lucky enough to have this feature gain some protection that decreases fatalities in these accidents by as much as 45%.
Common Causes of Side-Impact Collisions
Typically, a side-impact collision occurs as the result of one party failing to yield or obey traffic signals. The majority of these accidents boil down to a failure to yield. Most often, one driver at an intersection fails to yield to another driver as they enter the intersection or make a turn.
Additionally, side collisions happen when someone ignores a stop sign or tries to speed through a changing light. No matter the cause, this negligence causes a great deal of harm.
Our Houston side-impact collision attorneys see numerous factors that lead to motor vehicle accidents. While the causes vary, it’s important to remember that when you sustain an injury due to another’s negligence, you have rights. When you need to hold the liable accountable, count on the attorneys at AP Law Group to fight for your future.
Common Side-Impact Injuries
Generally, passenger occupants face an increased risk of injury in T-bone crashes simply due to how manufacturers design vehicles. Motor vehicles have a small amount of space and material to absorb the force of another vehicle and shield occupants.
While some vehicles now have SABs, not all do. This lack of protection on the side of a car often results in severe injuries to drivers and passengers.
- Back and neck injuries
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Partial paralysis or complete paralysis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
Often, the person sitting at the point of impact sustains far more severe injuries as they take on the brunt of the force. In some cases, vehicles travel at high speeds during a side-impact collision, causing a rollover or spin out. Such accidents often involve multiple vehicles.