Intersections are busy places with many cars traveling in many different directions. Traffic signals should always be properly timed to control the flow of traffic through intersections and to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, traffic signals only work if people obey them and all too often, someone ignores a traffic light or stop sign and a “T-bone” accident – also called a broadside collision – commonly occurs.
A T-bone accident refers to a crash in which one car crashes into the side of another – forming a “T” shape. This type of accident can be particularly dangerous for many reasons and the occupants of the car that gets hit in the side are particularly at risk for severe and life-threatening injuries.
If a driver suddenly T-boned your car, you can face significant losses and a long road to recovery. You should always realize that the Baltimore car accident lawyers at Rice, Murtha & Psoras are here to help. Please contact us to discuss your legal rights for free today.
The Dangers of a Broadside Collision
The front and back of passenger vehicles have bumpers, crumple zones, and other protections in the event of a crash. The side of a car, however, only has a thin door between the occupant and the outside world. When a car crashes into the side of another vehicle, anyone sitting on that side of the vehicle can be gravely injured.
Motorists who are directly hit in a T-bone accident can suffer both external and internal traumatic injuries. Seat belts and airbags are often little protection in this type of crash and the resulting injuries can completely change a victim’s life.
Negligent Drivers Who Cause T-Bone Crashes
The large majority of T-bone accidents happen because a driver runs a red light or stop sign. If another driver is lawfully passing through an intersection, they will be in the direct path of the driver who recklessly runs the traffic signal and a T-bone can result. This accident can also occur when a driver tries to make a left turn when oncoming traffic is coming too fast and cannot stop in time to avoid a crash.
If another driver caused your T-bone accident and injuries, they should be held fully liable for all of your accident-related losses. Such losses can include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages from missing work
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
Our law firm has many tools to prove liability in T-bone crashes so that our clients can recover the full amount of compensation they deserve after this type of life-changing event.
Consult With a Baltimore T-Bone Accident Attorney for Free Today
Rice, Murtha & Psoras knows how devastating a T-bone crash can be and we’re here to assist you with the aftermath of your accident. We ensure you can focus on your medical treatment and recovery while we handle the legal process for you. If you have sustained serious injuries, you should not wait to call (410) 694-7291 or contact us online to discuss your rights for free today.