Pascoe Law FirmSide Impact Collision
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Side Impact Accident Lawyer
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), side-impact accidents or t-bone accidents cause about 25 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths each year in the United States. A side-impact car accident is one of the most frequent and dangerous times of accidents that occurs on Texas roadways. Many of these crashes can have fatal outcomes due to the limited protection that many vehicles have on their sides. Many side impact collisions have limited to no ability to absorb the force of the accident. As a result many car drivers and car passengers are seriously injured from the lack of protection that many cars have to protect the vehicle occupants. Side-Impact Auto Accident Lawyer servicing the League City, Galveston, Houston, Sugar Land, Friendswood, Kemah, La Porte, Seabrook, Pearland, Nassau Bay, Alvin, Galveston County, TX areas.
T-Bone Car Accidents Are Dangerous
Causes and Liability
- Failure to Yield – We all had to learn those complex rules that require one driver to yield to another when two or more cards arrive at a four-way stop at the same time. Most states’ traffic laws (including Texas) require drivers who stop at intersections at the same time to permit the driver on the left to proceed through the intersection.
- Running Red Lights – Running a red light is patently illegal and can be life-threatening when a driver picks up speed to race through a light before it turns red. A driver-side collision from a larger vehicle can kill everyone in the car that is struck instantly.
- Turning across traffic lanes – When a driver is in a turning lane and can safely and legally make a turn across traffic, it’s important to wait until it’s safe to make that turn. Drivers who cut across traffic and fail to make the turn in time almost never escape liability.
- Failing to assess oncoming traffic when making a right turn at an intersection – Most drivers look both ways before taking a right at a red light. Very often, that’s not enough, especially in busy traffic scenarios where cars may appear suddenly. Drivers often can’t see speeding cars coming from the right side until it’s too late. Drivers must wait until it is safe to join the flow of traffic or face the consequences.
- Not gauging oncoming traffic when making a right turn at an intersection – Most drivers look both ways before making a right turn at a red light or stop sign. Sometimes that’s not enough. All too often, drivers can’t see speeding cars coming from the side until it’s too late. Traffic codes require drivers who are about to turn right into oncoming traffic to wait until it is safe to join the flow of traffic.
- Recklessness and aggressive driving – road rage is not new to the Houston / Galveston area. With traffic that seem constant people get angry and eager to get where they are going. This causes people to drive more aggressively.
- Driving while intoxicated or impaired – Intoxicated drivers more often than not will fail to look for other vehicles coming from the side. If they do see other vehicles, their condition often causes them to miscalculate the oncoming driver’s speed and location.
- Inclement weather or traffic conditions – During severe weather, it can be more difficult for a driver to successfully stop his or her vehicle despite the presence of air brakes and other complex safety measures. Sliding past a stop sign or traffic signal into an intersection is a real risk to other drivers who may experience a T-bone crash first-hand.
Common Side-Impact Collision Injuries
Many of the injuries in side impact collisions occur to the head, neck, chest, back, abdomen, pelvis, legs, and arms. The injuries of a side impact collision are more severe in smaller or lighter weight vehicles. In recent years, the IIHS reports that automakers have made big strides in side protection in recent years by installing side airbags and strengthening the structures of vehicles. According to a study based out of the United Kingdom, after analyzing 140 side-impact accidents and the quantified injuries to drivers and passengers the most common injuries in side-impact accidents include:
- Head Injury – 64% struck side; 82% opposite side
- Neck Injury – 12% struck side; 20% opposite side
- Chest Injury – 85% struck side; 73% opposite side
- Abdomen Injury – 59% struck side; 49% opposite side
- Pelvis Injury – 26% struck side; 14% opposite side
- Upper Limb Injury – 2% struck side; 10% opposite side
- Lower Limb Injury – 21% struck side; 12% opposite side
Types of Side Impact Collisions
Side-impact accidents can be very dangerous to both the driver and any passengers within the vehicle. Many are not expecting an impact to occur and can have severe neck and back injuries from the crash. There are several different ways that a side impact collision can occur. Some of the most common types of side impact collisions include:
- Left side- damage occurs in the vicinity of passenger compartment due to angular impact by another vehicle or object. This is applicable to angle collisions and crashes in which a vehicle strikes an object after skidding or spinning.
- Right side – the damage occurs in vicinity of passenger compartment due to angular impact by another vehicle or object.
- Left front quarter- damage happens ahead of passenger compartment. Due to the angular impacted by another vehicle or object. This is applicable to angle collisions and crashes in which a vehicle strikes an object after skidding or spinning.
- Right front quarter- damage occurs ahead of passenger compartment and is due to angular impact by another vehicle or object.
- Left rear quarter- the accident damage is behind passenger compartment and is caused by an angular impact by another vehicle or object. This becomes applicable to angle collisions and crashes in which a vehicle strikes an object after skidding or spinning.
- Right rear quarter- the damage (behind passenger compartment) due to angular impact by another vehicle or object.
- Left side sideswipe – damage resulting from sideswipe by meeting or overtaking other vehicle or object.
- Right side damage resulting from sideswipe by meeting or overtaking other vehicle or object.
- Left side with top damage – this type of accident typically involves a vehicle rollover, for example a high sitting SUV Rollover.
- Right side and top damage – this type of accident typically involves a vehicle rollover, for example a high sitting SUV Rollover.
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