Attorneys Jackson R. Reed and Travis B. Terry have seen the damage that car accidents can do. They can lead to catastrophic injuries, and they can claim people’s lives. Our Sugar Land, TX injury accident lawyers will stand with survivors of collisions, helping them hold negligent motorists and other parties accountable.
The legal team at Reed & Terry, LLP would like to consider T-bone crashes. These types of collisions are among the deadliest, and they are always a potential danger given where on the road they frequently occur.
What Are T-bone Auto Accidents?
Also known as broadside accidents and side impact collisions, T-bone crashes occur when the side of one vehicle is struck by the front end of another vehicle. The collision is at a perpendicular angle, hence the “T-bone” name.
Why T-bone Crashes Are So Dangerous
T-bone collisions are so dangerous because the sides of a vehicle are far more vulnerable to damage than the front or rear. Even modern side-impact airbags are not always enough to protect drivers and passengers from the force of a broadside strike.
T-bone Crashes at Intersections
Our Sugar Land lawyers have noticed that many T-bone collisions typically occur around intersections. It should come as no surprise given the perpendicular flows of traffic and the number of vehicles passing through. The risk of T-bone crashes are much greater in intersections than in other situations, such as a vehicle backing out a driveway.
Common Causes of T-bone Accidents
Some common causes of T-bone crashes include:
- Running a Red Light or Stop Sign - When drivers run a red light or a stop sign, they put all motorists in the perpendicular lane of traffic at risk of collision.
- Speeding Through an Intersection - Similar to running a red light, people who speed through an intersection to beat a yellow light could potentially strike a perpendicular vehicle.
- Left Turn Crashes - Left turns are one of the most dangerous maneuvers on the road. If a driver misjudges distance and the gap between oncoming traffic, there’s a risk of either a head-on or broadside crash.
- Driver Distraction - Rubbernecking, texting while driving, and using a cellphone behind the wheel can distract you from oncoming traffic signals and vehicles, increasing the risk of a T-bone crash.
- Malfunctioning Traffic Signals - If a traffic light is not working properly, this could lead to a T-bone collision. Similarly, a brown out or blackout in an intersection could make it a busy and dangerous four-way stop where T-bone crashes are likely.
- Vehicle Defects/Problems - If a vehicle’s accelerator or brakes are not working properly, the vehicle could wind up in the middle of an intersection where a T-bone crash could take place.
Who Is Responsible for a T-bone Accident?
In order to determine legal liability in a T-bone crash, it’s crucial that our attorneys go over the evidence from the collision. We will note all factors that contributed to the accident and determine if there is a negligent party or multiple parties worth seeking legal damages from.
Contact Our Law Firm About Your Crash
For more information about your legal options following a T-bone car crash in Sugar Land, be sure to contact our team of auto accident lawyers. The team at Reed & Terry, LLP can help. You can reach us by phone at (281) 201-0988.