Side impact accidents, also referred to as T-bone collisions, occur when one vehicle strikes the side of another.
A victim only has a car door and window as protection from the impact. As a result, injuries are quite severe, and fatalities are common.
Why T-Bone Car Accidents Happen
Side crashes frequently occur at intersections and stop signs. In some cases, the force of impact can be significant enough to propel the struck vehicle into others on the road, leading to a multi-car crash.
Common reasons for these accidents include:
Running a red light.
This is a major contributor to T-bone accidents, and the action becomes even more challenging if the negligent motorist is also speeding.
Failure to yield.
This includes at stop signs, right of way at four-way stops, or merging.
When a driver travels too fast, both reaction distance and braking distance are compromised, even on streets with lower speed limits.
Unsafe left turns.
Individuals making a left turn only have the right of way to turn on a green-arrow traffic signal. In other instances, they must yield to oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists. A collision is likely when a driver fails to yield or misjudges that he can turn safely.
Drugs and alcohol impair a driver’s vision, judgment, reaction time, and other driving skills.
When a person is talking on a cellphone, texting, or otherwise distracted, he can run a red light, speed, or engage in other unsafe driving practices that can lead to a side impact collision. He might not even realize the danger until the incident occurs.
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