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Atlanta, Georgia T-Bone Car Accident Lawyer

T-bone accidents or side impact accidents occur when a driver hits another vehicle directly in the side. The accidents are referred to as “T-bone” because one car is typically going straight while the other approaches and hits from the side, much like the shape of a T.

T-bone or side impact accidents may cause very serious injury since the sides of the vehicle provide little protection from the force of the impact. If you or a loved one has been involved in a T-bone collision and injury or death resulted from the crash, an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help.

The Dangers of T-Bone Accidents
According to the University of Michigan Crash Response Information, there are approximately 3.18 million side impact crashes in the United States every year. These crashes account for around 30 percent of all car accident fatalities and cause around 9,400 deaths every year in the U.S.

Side impact crashes typically occur when:
  • One driver fails to yield the right-of-way at an intersection;
  • A driver fails to obey traffic signals such as red-lights or stop signs; and
  • A driver makes an improper turn
In most cases, the driver who caused the accident either broke a safety law (such as laws determining who must yield the right-of-way) or behaved in an unreasonably careless manner. For example, a driver who made a turn without looking to see oncoming traffic would be considered to be unreasonably careless.  

Drivers who are distracted, drunk, engaged in aggressive driving, or speeding are more likely to behave in a negligent way or to break driver safety laws and cause T-bone crashes. These and other drivers who are unreasonably negligent or careless must be held legally responsible for causing a T-bone crash. An Atlanta Car Accident Attorney at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help those who have fallen victim to a T-bone accident to make a claim against the responsible party to obtain compensation.

T-Bone Accidents Put Everyone at Risk
When a T-bone crash occurs, the impact of the striking vehicle normally causes the side of the car to cave in. The vehicle components itself, as well as the striking car, intrude upon the space inside the vehicle and can do serious harm to a driver or passenger who is crushed in the accident.

In fact, The University of Michigan study expressed concern that side-impact collisions may be more dangerous than head-on or rear impact collisions because the sides of a vehicle don’t crumple and because wearing a seat belt offers little protection for drivers or passengers.  This means that even moderate side-impact crashes can cause injury, while more severe crashes can be devastating.

The University of Michigan study indicates that side impact crashes are classified as minor, moderate or severe based on the level of intrusion into the vehicle that occurs as a result of the impact. For example:
  • If the door intrudes into the car by 4 inches or less, then the accident is a minor one;
  • If the door intrudes into the car by four to six inches, the accident is a moderate one; and,
  • If the door intrudes into the car by six or more inches, then roof buckling normally occurs as well. The accident is considered severe.
Tragically, the sides of a vehicle have little material to observe the force of the accident, which means that occupants are endangered not only by the crushing pressure of the intruding door but also because the sides of the car cannot absorb energy from the crash. The New York Times indicates that an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found side-impact accidents to be exceptionally dangerous and often deadly as a result.  

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer After Your T-Bone Collision

Common injuries from T-bone accidents can include rib and pelvic fractures; lung contusions; closed head injuries; femur fractures; injury to the spleen; spinal damage; injury to the aorta; damage to the pulmonary vessels; and injury to the diaphragm. These and other serious injuries can result in significant pain and can limit your ability to work. In some cases, death will result or the injured victim will never fully recover.

When you have been seriously hurt, it is essential to take legal action to obtain compensation from the driver responsible for the crash. An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent your interests, helping you to prove that the other driver was responsible for the crash and representing you in seeking compensation. Whether you wish to negotiate a settlement outside of court or prove your case before a jury, an Atlanta auto accident lawyer Atlanta Car Accident Attorney at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide the legal advice and advocacy that you need to have the best chance of success.

To learn more about how we can help you after your side impact or T-bone accident, contact us online or give us a call at (404) 991-5950.  

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