A T-bone car accident is also known as a “side impact” or “side-on” collision. The Arizona T-bone accident lawyers at Pew Law Center understand that car crash victims face devastating consequences when they are injured in a side impact collision.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that 14% of Arizona collisions in 2016 were “angle” collisions. Most of those were probably “right angle” collisions, which is another way of describing a T-bone accident. Another 16% of collisions were classified as left turn accidents. Many of those were likely T-bone accidents.
A T-bone accident is almost always avoidable. The Arizona T-bone accident attorneys at Pew Law Center are dedicated to obtaining compensation for victims of avoidable side impact collisions.
Causes of Arizona T-Bone Accidents
Most T-bone crashes occur in intersections. They happen when a car runs a red light, ignores a stop sign, or fails to yield and crashes into the side of a car that has already entered the intersection. Those accidents are the fault of the driver who failed to obey traffic laws.
A number of factors account for intersection accidents. In some cases, a speeding driver tries to beat the light and enters the intersection after the light turns red. In other cases, a driver anticipates that the light will turn green and enters the intersection too soon.
In many cases, a driver who is distracted by a cellphone or who isn’t paying attention to the road fails to see the traffic signal or stop sign, or enters an intersection without checking for oncoming traffic. And in some cases, an intoxicated driver or a driver who falls asleep at the wheel enters an intersection against the light.
Other T-bone accidents occur when a driver makes a left turn in front of oncoming traffic. Those drivers are T-boned, but they are usually responsible for the collision because they failed to yield to oncoming traffic. While the negligent left turn may injure the driver who T-bones the turning vehicle, collisions caused by careless left turns are particularly dangerous when the oncoming vehicle is a motorcycle.
A T-bone accident is almost always the result of negligence. The T-bone accident attorneys at Arizona’s Pew Law Center hold drivers accountable for the injuries caused by careless driving.
Arizona T-Bone Car Accident Injuries
T-bone accidents are potentially more devastating than other kinds of car crashes because many cars are not equipped with side airbags. Frontal airbags have been mandatory in passenger cars since 1998, but side airbags, despite being particularly effective when installed in SUVs, have not been required.
Many manufacturers now offer side airbags as standard or optional equipment on new cars. Arizona consumers who want to protect themselves from T-bone collision injuries should consider investing in a car or SUV that comes equipped with side airbags. A side airbag will not protect against all injuries, but it will reduce the risk that a T-bone accident will be fatal.
Most cars are designed with “crumple zones” that offer some protection from a head-on collision, but the architecture of a car offers little protection to occupants in a T-bone accident. The risk can be compounded when a car or SUV that has been T-boned rolls over, since rollovers increase the risk of head injuries and organ damage.
Even at low speeds, a T-bone accident can cause serious injuries. When the side of the car buckles, metal and hard plastic surfaces push the accident victim out of an upright position. The victim may be jammed between the side of the car and the dashboard, the floor, or the roof, causing crush injuries. Jagged metal may cut or puncture the victim’s body.
Occupants seated on the side of the car away from the point of impact may also be injured. Accident victims in that position are often struck by the occupant seated next to them. As they rebound, they collide with the door on their side of the car, or with the pillar immediately behind that door.
Injuries for which Arizona T-bone accident lawyers represent clients who survive the collision include:
- Chest injuries, including lung and other organ damage that results from a crushed or collapsing chest
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Abdominal and pelvic injuries
- Amputations of feet and legs
- Fractured bones
- Torn or stretched muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Nerve damage
When accident victims do not survive a T-bone accident, they often die from organ damage, as well as internal or external bleeding. Head injuries can also be fatal.
T-Bone Accident Compensation
When a T-bone accident is fatal, the victim’s spouse and children, or the victim’s estate, can sue for wrongful death damages. The T-bone accident attorneys at Pew Law Center can help family members understand who is entitled to seek compensation in an Arizona wrongful death case.
Survivors of T-bone accidents in Arizona are entitled to seek compensation that will restore them to the position they were in before the accident. Of course, no amount of money can restore health or take away pain, but compensation can help accident victims improve the quality of their lives. Compensation can make it possible to widen doorways in a house to accommodate a wheelchair, or to pay for caretakers or assisted living facilities if injuries make it necessary to have help with the daily activities of life.
Compensation replaces lost income and loss of future earning capacity. It pays medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses, such as medications, and it covers healthcare expenses that will probably be incurred in the future.
Pain, suffering, and emotional distress are byproducts of any accident that causes a physical injury. Compensation can make pain easier to endure by giving accident victims a chance to enhance their lives in ways that will balance their physical and emotional suffering.
Injured In An Arizona Collision? Let Us Help You
The attorneys at Pew Law Center help car crash victims recover the compensation they deserve. Experience with T-bone car accident claims in Arizona gives our staff an edge when dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers.
Our reputation for excellence makes it possible for us to settle most of our cases out of court. When an insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement, our courtroom skills help Arizona T-bone accident victims get the compensation they need. To schedule a free consultation, call Pew Law Center at (480) 745-1770.