Semi-truck T-bone Accidents
If you have even been in a side impact collision, you know there is nothing good about it.
Imagine now having a T-bone accident with a semi-truck (18 wheeler) which may be up to 10 times larger and heavier as compared to your vehicle.
It may turn out to be catastrophic. This article will look at semi-truck T-bone accidents.
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Section 1: What is a Semi-truck T-bone accident?
- Section 2: Main Causes of Semi-truck T-bone accidents
- Section 3: How to avoid Semi-truck T-bone accidents
- Section 4: Common Injuries caused by Semi-truck T-bone accidents
- Section 5: Who is liable in a Semi-truck T-bone accident?
- Section 6: Semi-truck T-bone accident statistics
- Section 7: Why You Need a Lawyer If You’re Injured in a Semi-truck T-bone Accident?
What is a Semi-truck T-bone Accident?
Side collision accidents are referred to as T-bone accidents because they form a T shape when one vehicle collides into the other.
The side of vehicles have very little protection and this is why in many cases, T-bone accidents are catastrophic.
A T-bone accident occurs when the front of a truck crashes into another vehicle or when a vehicle crashes into a truck.
T-bone crashes lead to severe injuries and in some cases death. A crash where a truck rams into another motor vehicle in many cases is fatal.
Main Causes of Semi-truck T-bone Accidents
These kind of accidents mainly occur at intersections when one of the drivers fails to stop at a traffic light or a stop sign.
Semi-truck T-bone accidents also occur when a driver refuses to yield the right-of-way to another driver.
- Running red lights is one of the leading causes of T-bone accidents
- Failure to yield to other motorists in a four way.
- Distracted driving
- Turning across traffic lanes
- Drivers failing to assess the oncoming traffic when they are making a right turn at an intersection.
- Aggressive and reckless driving. Truck drivers rarely drive their trucks recklessly because that’s how they earn their leaving and they mainly drive aggressively when they have lost their temper to scare other motorists.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Brake or steering failure.
How to Avoid Semi-truck T-bone Accidents
- Observe traffic rules and make a stop when there are stop signs, flashing red lights and red lights.
- Slow down at intersections when yellow lights are on.
- Don’t try to make a quick turn in intersections when there is a red light even if there is no oncoming traffic. Wait for the light that tells you to turn or a gap in the traffic.
- When crossing intersections, ensure that you check for other cars and take extra care while crossing. You shouldn’t assume that everybody obeys traffic rules. The same applies to intersections that are controlled by stop signs rather than traffic lights.
- In bad weather conditions or during the night when your visibility is impaired, ensure that you are extra careful. In case there is something obstructing you, ensure it crosses before you cross the intersection.
Common Injuries Caused by Semi-truck T-bone Accidents
In case the truck was going at a slow speed and just brushes against the other vehicle, these can result in broken limbs and whiplash. However, if it was on a moderate speed, leave alone a high speed, it can run over the vehicle and crash it to the ground and cause the death of all the occupants in the smaller car.
- Spinal injuries
- Broken arms and legs
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken ribs
- Internal injuries
- Chest trauma
Who is Liable in a Semi-truck T-bone Accident?
All cars in the United States are supposed to meet federal side-impact safety standards. However, even if the vehicles meet these standards, it may not be of help if it is a commercial truck that rams into the side of the car.
An 18-wheeler semi-truck (or big rig) in some cases can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded and the momentum of the crash can be devastating.
Once a T-bone accident happens, there will be investigations that will be carried out to see who is liable. It is not always that the driver who crushed into the other vehicle is the one who is liable.
In a side collision, either the driver who crushed into the car can be liable or the driver who was crushed into.
In case of a semi-truck side collision, there may be massive damage especially if it crashed into a smaller car and because of the huge amount of damage that occurred, it may take a long time to find who is liable.
In case the semi-truck was in the wrong, the driver of the commercial vehicle may be liable and in some cases, his employer may be liable depending on the circumstances.
Semi-truck T-bone Accident Statistics
Among all accidents, T-bone accidents or side-impact collisions have the worst impact on children.
This is according to the National Highway Safety Administration. In the last 20 years, the number of deaths that have been caused by side-impact crashes have increased by 20 percent.
Side-impact bars and side airbags are meant to protect the occupants of the vehicle from extreme injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, up to 1000 lives would be saved annually if vehicles were fitted with head protection side air bags.
The injuries incurred in T-bone accidents would also be lessened substantially.
Why You Need a Lawyer If You’re Injured in a Semi-truck T-bone Accident?
T-bone accidents are normally complex especially when trying to find who is liable. In such a case, negligence has to be proved and it requires experience, time and resources.
This is the reason why it is important that you get an experienced lawyer who will assist you with your case.
In many cases, T-bone crashes cause death and the injuries that result from such accidents are life threatening and can be lifelong. The medical bills that will accrue will be high adding to the pain and suffering already caused.
An experienced lawyer in such cases will ensure you get compensation including for lost work time and medical bills – past, present and future.