T-Bone Accidents

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A T-bone crash occurs when the front end of one vehicle rams the side of another, typically at an intersection. Also known as side-impact crashes, they often produce great force, so resulting injuries can be severe. If your car was struck in a T-bone collision caused by a negligent driver, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, and the Skinner Law Firm, P.C. in Bridgeview, Illinois can help. For more than 20 years, we have represented injured clients in a wide variety of vehicle accidents throughout the Cook County area. We investigate accidents meticulously and fight aggressively to recover the highest level of compensation possible for our clients.

Common causes of T-bone crashes

T-bone collisions commonly occur while vehicles are passing through intersections or pulling out of driveways. One driver might not see the other crossing their path until it is too late. Often, one of the cars has violated the law by entering an intersection against a red light or failing to obey a stop sign.

Causes of T-bone crashes include:

  • Distracted driving — Drivers who do not pay attention can enter an intersection illegally or fail to see a vehicle crossing in front of them.
  • Aggressive driving — Drivers racing to make a light may enter the intersection too late, thereby triggering a car accident.
  • Illegal U-turns — Drivers who attempt U-turns, especially in a larger vehicle with a wide turning radius, expose the side of their vehicle to oncoming traffic. Many intersections are marked “No U-Turn” to avoid this danger, such as when the intersection is at the crest of a hill where U-turning drivers might not see an oncoming car in time.
  • Inattentive left turns — A left-turning vehicle exposes its flank to oncoming traffic.
  • Driving while intoxicated — Impaired drivers make poor judgments, which can include red-light running and reckless turns at intersections.

Occasionally, an outside factor might be responsible for a T-bone crash, such as brake or steering failure. Inclement weather and poor visibility can be factors, but the law requires drivers to proceed cautiously even when conditions are not ideal.

We consult accident reconstruction experts to ascertain the true cause of your crash.

Injuries in side-impact accidents

A violent impact to the side of a vehicle can cause whiplash, which is a person’s head to snapping to one side and then the other, producing soft-tissue injuries as well as possible damage to the neck and back. In addition, a T-bone crash can cause:

  • Concussion and other head injuries
  • Neck, back and spine injuries
  • Trauma to the chest, abdomen and pelvic area
  • Fractured limbs
  • Internal bleeding and shock

If you are in a T-bone crash, it’s vital to seek medical attention immediately.

Side-impact collisions with trucks

As bad as a side-impact collision between two passenger vehicles can be, the destructive potential is much worse when the T-boning vehicle is a large commercial truck. Big rigs can weigh up to 80,000 pounds loaded and often cannot slow in time to avoid impact. It’s also possible for a car to strike the side of a tractor trailer, sometimes causing the lower part of the car to pass beneath the trailer’s undercarriage as the upper half of the car is sheared off. These horrific crashes can result in severe injury or death.

Contact a trustworthy auto accident attorney for a free crash consultation

The Skinner Law Firm, P.C. in Bridgeview, Illinois provides effective representation for victims of auto accidents. We have delivered positive results in cases throughout the Cook County area for more than 20 years. Please call 312-635-6459 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

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