A Broadside Collision Is One Of The Most Dangerous Car Accidents
Broadside collisions, also known as “T-bone” accidents, typically occur at intersections. One driver could be distracted or ignores a stop or yield sign, and strikes or is struck by another vehicle entering or already inside the intersection. These kinds of collisions usually cause serious injuries, especially when the point of impact is near the driver’s or front seat passenger’s door.
If your vehicle was struck in a T-Bone collision, consult an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible. At Crandall & Pera Law, our attorneys have earned a superior reputation as being top litigators of complicated personal injury cases throughout Ohio.
What Makes T-Bone Collisions Dangerous?
The side of a car is its most vulnerable place. It has no controlled collapse structures such as there are in the engine compartment and trunk. Although the side doors may be reinforced by steel beams, only the slender doorpost on which they are mounted supports the roof of the passenger compartment at that point. An impact into the doorpost can cause the vehicle’s floor to buckle and its roof to be pulled down onto the passengers’ heads.
In addition, since most vehicle doors are designed with built-in armrests for passengers’ comfort and access to their window controls, arms and hips are in direct contact with the doors’ inside surfaces and are particularly vulnerable to side impact. And, even though today’s vehicles are equipped with safety glass, most designs position the front passengers’ faces only a few short inches from the side windows.
How Can We Tell Which Driver Was Responsible?
This is yet another problem with broadside collisions; it is not always clear who was responsible, and eyewitnesses may not be readily available when a broadside accident occurs at night, as so many do.
Measuring skid marks may reveal the speeds at which the vehicles were traveling, but unless one was going at an unusually high rate, it may not always point to the responsible party.
When you retain us, we launch a thorough investigation to help prove the other driver was at fault for the crash. We compile evidence to build a strong case, including, but not limited to:
- Police reports
- Traffic tickets issued
- Surveillance video evidence
- Medical charts
- Witness statements
- Crash reports
If the other driver is deemed responsible for the crash, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Injured In A Broadside Collision? Find Out How We Can Help
You could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damage and lost wages, plus additional damages for pain and suffering. Please call our offices at 855-444-6651, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.