Side Impact or T-Bone Accidents
One of the most common
types of car accident are known as side impact—also referred to as broadside, right-angle
or T-bone collisions. These accidents occur when one car strikes another
from the side, causing the two vehicles to form the shape of a capital
"T." They most commonly occur in intersections; for example,
when one car runs a red light, fails to yield, or makes an illegal left
turn in front of oncoming traffic. They are particularly dangerous because
they place either the driver or passenger(s) into the direct path of another
vehicle, which can cause severe injuries or even wrongful death.
Currently, when broadside accidents occur, most of the kinetic energy is
absorbed by the "crumple zones." These areas of the car will
do exactly as they sound-crumple. This helps to absorb some of the impact
from the accident, which in turn helps to protect the driver and/or passengers.
Often, vehicles involved in a T-bone accident will do much more than just
crumple though. These severe
car crashes are also known to cause the vehicle to spin out and hit something else
or even to roll over, depending.
While extensive testing is done to provide protection against these types
of crashes, it is far from perfect. In one study performed by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly thirty percent of
all occupant fatalities in cars, light trucks and vans came from a side-impact
accident in 2003. The dangers of these accidents are often attributed
to the light protection afforded passengers—only a thin door protects
them against the outside world and an oncoming vehicle. For this reason,
protection—such as torso bags with air curtains and head-protection
air bags—being made mandatory is vital.
Long Beach Car Accident Lawyer for Broadside Accident Victims
Throughout the years, the safety of cars has increased significantly. That,
however, does not mean that it is close to where it needs to be. Every
year, people suffer from the occurrence of broadside accidents. If you
are one of them, and are looking for help with the following insurance
claim, we encourage you to reach out and get the help of a Long Beach
personal injury attorney from Overett Group today. Our firm is proud to
boast of a 100% success rate, because we feel that it demonstrates just
how dedicated we are to the success of our clients. If you have further
questions or would like to discuss the specifics of your case with a seasoned
legal professional, please contact us by calling (562) 222-8526.