T-bone collisions can have life-threatening consequences and are often caused by the mistakes of careless drivers. T-bone collisions occur when the front of one vehicle hits the side of another, causing a broadside or side-impact crash. These types of accidents typically happen at traffic lights, stop signs, or intersections. They typically result in more serious injuries than other types of car accidents and can cause wrongful deaths. You can find out more about T-bone collisions by speaking to a car attorney from Timothy J. Ryan & Associates about your case. Here is some more information on what you might experience in a T-bone collision accident.
What Kind Of Injuries Are Common In A T-Bone Collision?
On average, there were 261 fatal wrong-way crashes out of 9,393 total crashes on highways, which means T-bone collisions are less frequent than the average car accident. After a T-bone collision, you may be left with severe wounds that prevent you from performing normal day-to-day activities. Here are some of the most common injuries:
Whiplash occurs when a hard impact sends the head and neck jerking forward and back. The sudden and intense motion creates strain in the muscles in the neck, injuring the tissues and resulting in soreness, stiffness, and extreme pain. Whiplash can require weeks or months of recovery, resulting in difficulty sleeping, neck stiffness, and severe discomfort. Neckbraces are commonly worn when the injury is so bad that it requires isolation to heal.
Seatbelt injuries happen when the seatbelt presses against the chest, resulting in wounds such as internal abdominal and spinal cord injuries. Internal abdominal injuries often result in mesenteric and bowel injuries. Spinal cord injuries often happen directly to the lumbar spine region. There is also the potential to receive a sternum injury, shoulder lacerations, neck injury, and more. This can cause severe and debilitating pain that requires medical care.
The impact of the crash could be bone-shattering, causing broken bones in the hands, wrists, arms, and other body parts. Broken bones can take weeks or months to mend and could require time off from normal activities. Some bones could be fractured, which can be just as bad because fractures can cause swelling, inflammation, and severe pain.
Spinal Cord Injury
During a T-bone collision, it is possible for the spine to get injured during the collision. Spinal cord discs can slip out of place, pinch nerves, or nerves can be completely severed during an accident. This can cause herniated discs, sciatica, hemiplegia, or paraplegia. Radiating pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and even paralysis can result from a spinal cord wound.
In addition to bodily injury, head injuries are also common during a T-bone collision. A concussion can cause hemorrhaging, hematomas, and other injuries within the brain. These injuries can cause long-term damage that prevents normal cognitive function. They may cause a temporary or permanent disability that can take a long recovery time.
What Kind Of Damages Can I Claim?
After a T-bone collision, you may be left with expenses that cause a financial burden for you and your family. These damages can be economic and non-economic in nature. Economic damages are ones that can be calculated based on receipts and other bills you might have received due to your accident. Medical bills and property damage are two examples. You may have had to get medical treatment, prescription medicine, surgery, imaging scans, and even follow-up treatments, which can all add up.
Other damages include wage loss, which occurs when you need to temporarily leave your job to recover from your wounds. The amount of income you lost can be covered in your damages. Non-economic damages mainly refer to the emotional and psychological troubles caused by the car accident. They are calculated with the help of the insurance company and are based on the severity of the accident.
What Should I Do After I’ve Been In A T-Bone Collision?
It is best to ask your attorney about your case to find out if you are entitled to any damages. They can review your case and scrutinize how the crash happened. Using the evidence from the scene of the crash, your attorney can find out whether the other party can be held responsible for your damages. Contact us at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates if you were in a T-bone collision and need an attorney to take care of the legal aspects of your case while you focus on your recovery.