When you think about deadly car accidents, the first things that come into your mind are high-speed collisions, drunk driving accidents, head-on crashes, and other extremely violent scenarios. That is understandable, because those scenarios are indeed violent enough to take lives.
But there is one kind of car accident that seems to be overlooked, even though it is arguably one of the most dangerous ones. It is called a T-bone collision. A T-bone collision, also known as a broadside collision, occurs when the front end of a car crashes into the side of another. This usually forms the letter “T,” hence the name.
According to the website of Brunkenhoefer P.C., the two common scenarios that lead to a T-bone collision are when a driver runs through a red light or makes an unsafe left turn through oncoming traffic – either ultimately leads to a collision where a front end of one car crashes into the side of another.
From these scenarios, it can be said that T-bone collisions happen mostly because of negligence. On the first instance, the driver has neglected traffic light changes, which are implemented to promote safe right-of-way transitions. On the second instance, the driver has completely neglected other motorists in the area, which can easily translate into any kind of collision, not just T-bone.
These acts of negligence have resulted into property damages, injuries, and maybe even deaths of innocent parties. This is because a T-bone collision is often catastrophic, as mentioned earlier. But how so?
It is merely physics. A car that has been broadsided has a good chance of overturning or rolling over, even if the collision is not that violent. Overturning and rolling over present additional problems, such as getting hit by debris, getting ejected from the car, and getting pinned under the car.
It is also important to point out where T-bone collisions mostly happen – on intersections. Because of this, T-bone collisions almost always result into chain reaction accidents. After impact, the vehicles involved may crash onto traffic lights, utility poles, and fire hydrants. The vehicles that are not involved may also suddenly see themselves as parts of the accidents.
Due to their violent nature and scope, T-bone collisions are some of the deadliest car accidents today, and they should not be ignored.