This Is What You Need to Know About T-Bone Collisions

This Is What You Need to Know About T-Bone Collisions

Broadside collisions, also known as t-bone collisions and right-angle collisions, are crashes in which one or more vehicles are impacted on their side. These types of accidents tend to happen at intersections, in parking lots, and when two cars pass on a multi-lane road.

T-bone accidents tend to be some of the most severe types of accidents that occur on Illinois roadways. Here’s what you should know:

Passenger Cars Sustain More Damage Than SUVs

According to a study published by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, when it comes to t-bone accidents, people who drive small passenger cars are far more likely to lose their lives than those who drive sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Most of the differences in fatalities are due to variations in vehicle mass.

T-Bone Crashes Are the Most Fatal Type of Crash

According to the Insurance Information Institute in 2018 (the most recent data available), there were a total of 6,037 fatal t-bone collisions. These types of accidents made up 17.9% of all fatal crashes that year.

As you can see from the table above, angle collisions were the deadliest type of crash during 2018. When looking at the data from previous years, angle collisions are the deadliest across the board.

Liability Depends on Several Factors

Depending on the circumstances of the crash, any of the drivers involved in a t-bone collision may share a portion of liability for the accident. Sometimes it’s obvious who’s to blame for a right-angle collision, but other incidents may be more nuanced.

Help Your Attorney Help You

If you’re involved in a t-bone collision at an intersection with a traffic light and it is possible to do so, try to take note of the precise moment the accident occurred. Your attorney may be able to compare this time to the traffic light’s automated programming.

That way, if you are certain that the light was green when you entered the intersection, you may be able to prove the other party is lying when they say they had the right of way.

If you’ve been involved in a t-bone collision or any other kind of car accident for that matter, we may be able to help. Don’t hesitate to contact our office right away with any questions you may have.

Call the Naperville lawyers at Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLCtoday at (773) 906-4063 to speak with an attorney about your case.