Side-impact accidents—also commonly referred to as T-bone or broadside crashes—occur when the front end of one motor vehicle strikes the side of another automobile. The relative lack of protection in the doors and side panels of older models typically means that the occupants of the cars struck by negligent motorists in side-impact collisions can suffer serious or possibly even fatal injuries.
Following a T-bone accident, the insurance company for the negligent motorist will often aggressively attempt to get victims to accept settlement offers that are usually much less than what the people hurt in these types of crashes need and deserve. In some cases, insurance companies may even argue that the victims were at fault and decline injury claims.
Lawyer for Side-Impact Collisions in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Overview of Side-Impact Accidents in Kentucky
- What are some of the common causes of T-bone crashes?
- What kinds of injuries do victims suffer in these accidents?
- Where can I find more information about broadside collisions?
Fault in T-bone collisions depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the accidents. In some cases, the drivers who strike the other vehicles can be at fault when they ignore traffic signs or lights, but sometimes the drivers of the vehicles that were struck may be to blame when they pull out of driveways or parking lots without accounting for passing traffic.
It is important to remember that the insurance companies that handle compensating victims in these cases are businesses that make money by paying as little as possible to resolve injury claims. Thus, even accident victims who are completely confident that the other driver was at fault for their injuries should not be shocked when an insurer insinuates that the victims were somehow to blame.
Generally, many broadside crashes involve a crossing at an intersection, usually with one turning. A few of the most common underlying reasons that people are hurt in side-impact accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Driver Fatigue;
- Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Signals;
- Failure to Yield Right-of-Way;
- Illegal or Improper Turns;
- Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI) of Drugs or Alcohol;
- Reckless Driving; or
Depending on the speeds that the vehicles involved were traveling, the extent of the injuries that people sustain in broadside crashes can be severe. Passengers with little to no protection can suffer any one of a number of catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
Steiden Law Offices represents the families of those killed in T-bone accidents and helps recover compensation for lost income, emotional distress, and other damages. We also help people who suffered such injuries as:
- Burn Injuries;
Factors Influencing Pediatric Injury in Side Impact Collisions | National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) — The NCBI is part of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), and this study from the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) was performed as part of the Partners for Child Passenger Safety Study at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The study of children in side-impact collisions “demonstrates that children receive clinically significant injuries even in low severity crashes.” You can also view an AAAM study about driver mortality in paired side-impact collisions due to incompatible vehicle types on the NCBI website.
Side crash test | Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) — The IIHS is “an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses—deaths, injuries and property damage—from crashes on the nation's roads.” The IIHS performs crash tests that form the basis of widely consulted vehicle ratings, and this section of its website provides an overview of side-impact crash tests. Learn more about how the tests work, injuries are measured, and how to understand the ratings.
Steiden Law Offices | Cincinnati Side-Impact Accident Lawyer
If you sustained any kind of catastrophic injury or your loved one was killed in a broadside collision caused by another party’s negligence, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Steiden Law Offices represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us absolutely nothing unless we get you a monetary award.
Our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys help T-bone accident victims throughout Clermont County, Warren County, Butler County, and Hamilton County in Ohio in addition to Kenton County, Boone County, and Campbell County in Kentucky. You can receive an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call or fill out an online contact form today to schedule a free consultation.