What happens in a broadside collision?

T-bone or broadside accidents are a common type of car accident. Another name for this type of crash is a side impact collision.

What are a T-bone or broadside accidents?

This crash occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. The name T-bone arose from the “T” shape that describes the appearance of the collision.

How common are broadside collisions?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, (IIHS) https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/passenger-vehicle-occupants, 23 percent of passenger occupant vehicle deaths happen as a result of broadside impacts.

Where do most T-bone accidents happen?

While they can happen anywhere, they often occur in intersections. When a driver runs a stop sign or a red light or fails to yield the right of way, the vehicle can collide with the side of another vehicle. Other places where they frequently take place are on highway ramps and multi-lane thoroughfares.

What are the most common causes of broadside collisions?

Human error is the most common cause. In fact, driver distraction is frequently an underlying factor, whether talking on a cellphone or texting, eating food, programming a GPS. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or while fatigued are other causes.

How do you know who was at fault?

Whenever a driver is violating traffic laws, that driver is typically at fault for causing the accident. Making an illegal left turn, failing to stop at a red light or texting while driving are all traffic violations. In an accident case, a lawyer looks for this sort of evidence to prove the other party was at fault.

Do you need help protecting your rights in an accident case?

Initial meetings to determine whether you have a viable case are free of charge. To arrange a free consultation, contact the Law Office of John Fazzini. Call us at (631) 547-8989 or reach out to us through our contact form.