Victims of St. Louis T-Bone Accidents often suffer serious and even fatal injuries.
Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone crashes, are responsible for hundreds of injuries and deaths each year. In most cases, severe injuries occur, because there is no protective cushion between the impacting vehicle and the occupants of the car. This increases the risk of injuries such as neck and back injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and more. In this post we will discuss side impact crashes and the types of injuries they may cause.
Common Causes of Side Impact Crashes
The root cause of most side impact crashes is negligence. Most side impact crashes occur at intersections, when another vehicle runs a red light, crashes into a turning vehicle, or fails to yield. Usually, this happens when the driver is being negligent by switching lanes abruptly, not following traffic signals, is distracted, or fails to yield.
Injuries That May Result From a Side Impact Accident
Side impact collisions can occur to the driver or any of the passenger’s doors. Due to the fact that the force of the collision is so close to the passenger seated on the side of the car, seatbelts do not generally help much to lower the risk of injury. Although it does minimize injuries by keeping the body stationary at the time of impact, it does not help prevent major injuries associated with T-bone crashes. Some of the common injuries resulting from T-bone crashes include:
Leg injuries: If the impact of the collision occurs near the bottom of the car, the door may get crushed and cave in towards the lower body. This may cause broken or crushed bones and lacerations.
Rib injuries: If the impact occurs at the center of the car door, it can cause door to crumble in towards the body and cause broken or crushed ribs.
Hip injuries: If the impact of the collision occurs near the mid bottom, the force may get concentrated on the pelvic area and cause hip injuries such as displaced or broken hip.
Head injuries: These injuries may occur if the head hits the door or door glass, or when the airbag deploys.
Shoulder injuries: At the time of the crash, the passenger sitting in the opposite may get forced against the door causing shoulder injuries such as muscle tears, or dislocated or broken shoulder.
Arm injuries: Depending on where the arm is placed at the time of crash, the impact may break, lacerate, or even sever the arm.
Back injuries: Back injuries such as a pinched nerve, sprained back, or broken back are common in car accidents.
Neck injuries: Sudden movement of neck from one side to another can cause injuries such as neck strain or sprain, whiplash, or broken neck.
St. Louis Car Accident Injury Attorneys
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a side impact collision, chances are that you may be faced with huge medical bills and time off work, resulting in lost wages. Get in touch with a competent St. Louis car accident lawyer, who can help you recover rightful compensation for these injuries. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation.