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What Type of Injury Is Often Credited to a T Bone Car Accident?

A side-impact accident, also known as a “T Bone” car accident, can be a very serious accident. T bone accident injuries vary in severity, but T bone accident injuries can be devastating to you both physically and financially. A personal injury lawyer can be the best tool that you have to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Reading on, you can learn all about your rights as a victim in a T bone car accident and causes of T bone accidents so that you can better understand your case.

What Causes T Bone Accidents?

T bone accidents are similar to other types of accidents in the sense that they occur because either one party or both parties acted in a negligent manner when driving. Some of the most common causes of T bone accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Taking your eyes off of the street, as this counts as distracted driving
  • Calling someone while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Tailgating (driving too close to the car in front of you)

These are only a few of the reasons that T bone accidents can occur. There are quite a few other causes of T bone accidents, but these are some of the most common reasons they occur.

What Injuries Are Typically Associated with T Bone Accidents

A major issue with T bone accidents is that victims in these accidents can often be more injured than other types of motor vehicle accidents, such as fender benders. A T bone accident means that there is direct impact of one car crashing into the side of the car, which can be incredibly devastating. This is especially true if there is a passenger occupying the seat of the side that was hit by the other vehicle.

Common injuries associated with T bone accidents include:

  • Paralysis
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones in the ribs, forearms, legs, hands, and various other parts of the body.
  • Spinal cord injuries

There is especially the concern of various fractures when the T bone accident causes the car to roll. Some of these injuries can range from minor to quite severe. It’s important that you seek out medical attention as soon as possible after your accident. Just because you don’t feel anything immediately after the accident, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have any injuries to be concerned with. Plus, this tells the other party that you weren’t as seriously injured as you say you were after the accident.

Who Is At Fault in T Bone Accidents

A common question that people have here is who’s typically at fault in these types of accidents? In most cases, it’s relatively easy for people to determine fault in a T bone accident. The car accident most often involves a driver who is making a left-hand turn. For the most part, this driver is the one who is typically responsible for the accident. But there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, if the driver who is going straight has a red light or stop sign that they ignored, they would be the one responsible for this accident or at least partially responsible.

Another exception is that the driver wasn’t going the speed limit when they were driving straight. A final exception is if the driver who was going straight was negligent in some other way, such as driving under the influence or distracted driving.

When it comes time to determine liability for a T bone car accident, there are different things that could help your case. Take note of any pedestrians or other drivers that may have witnessed what happened. You can get their contact information and write down what they saw. It also helps to have a police officer at the scene of the accident, as they can take the witness statements down as part of the police report. Some intersections may have cameras that can help, whether they are special traffic cameras or commercial or residential security cameras that may have caught the accident. This video evidence can make a significant difference in just how successful your claim is.

It becomes a bit more difficult to prove your case if there are no witnesses or cameras to help. If that happens, you may be in a battle of “he said, she said” which means that you may not get the resolution that you hope for and need.

How a Lawyer Can Help

Did someone else cause the T bone accident that resulted in your injuries and damaged property? If so, you will need to be sure to hire an attorney as soon as possible early on in this process. The lawyer can help you throughout this process, helping you compile the information necessary to have a thorough investigation, which can help you get the best outcomes for your case.

A good lawyer can help by:

  • Helping the client determine who is at fault for the accident that led to your injuries.
  • Start the legal process as soon as possible, so that you don’t have to worry about running out of time due to the statute of limitations.
  • Gathers evidence and presents this evidence to the court, proving the other party’s negligence for your accident.
  • Work with you through the entire case, from the start to the case has finished.
  • Ensures that your rights are protected throughout this entire process.


The Injury Firm is a team of experienced legal professions that are here to give you the best possible outcomes for your case. If your personal injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. You need a team that is ready to fight for you, working with you every step of the way so that you always know what’s going on with your case. If you were injured in a T bone car accident and want help, contact us today to see how we can help you.

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