When you are involved in a side-impact car crash, more commonly known as a T-bone accident, injuries can be quite severe. To be sure, many T bone/side-impact car accident injuries often happen at intersections when another driver is going too fast to stop appropriately for a yellow light, or when another driver is intoxicated or distracted. Even if one of the vehicles is traveling at a relatively low speed, a side-impact collision can result in devastating injuries.
How Side Impact or T-Bone Collisions Happen
How does a person sustain injuries in a side-impact or T-bone collision? Most of these accidents and injuries happen at intersections, and there are a variety of causes. In many cases, it is relatively easy to prove fault because one of the drivers ran a red light or stop sign and caused the collision. T-bone collisions can lead to debilitating and life-threatening injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites the following as some of the most common reasons for a side-impact collision, particularly at an intersection:
- Illegal maneuver by another driver;
- Inattention by a driver while crossing through an intersection controlled by either a light or stop sign;
- Turning left with an obstructed view; and
- Turning left and misjudging the gap with an oncoming vehicle.
What are some of the reasons that drivers make these errors? The following are examples of some of the driver mistakes that lead to T-bone collisions:
- Distracted driving, such as texting on a smartphone or talking on a phone;
- Intoxicated driving, which can include driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Aggressive driving, including speeding, especially involving red-light running; and
- Drowsy or fatigued driving, or when a driver is too tired to pay attention to the road and traffic signals.
In some cases, technology can also cause side-impact crashes, such as a fault red light or green light. However, in most collisions of this type, another driver is at fault.
Contact a T-Bone or Side-Impact Car Accident Lawyer in Colorado Springs
Most T-bone or side-impact collision injuries happen because another driver is at fault. If you were injured, a Colorado Springs car accident attorney can assist you. Contact McCormick & Murphy, P.C. to learn more. Call (888) 668-1182 today.