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TX injury lawyerWithin the past several days, there have been several serious car accidents in the San Antonio area involving drivers pulling out into the path of oncoming traffic. Such situations often result in T-bone collisions that can have severe consequences, including catastrophic injury and death, depending on the speed at which the vehicles were traveling and other factors. It can also be complicated to determine who is at fault for a crash of this nature, which can complicate personal injury claims.

Where Do These Accidents Occur?

A vehicle pulling out into traffic can happen under a variety of circumstances. It could occur at an intersection with a traffic light, for example, when a driver attempts a right turn on a red light while traffic is approaching from their left, or when a driver fails to acknowledge a red light at all. However, these accidents tend to be more common at intersections that are not so well regulated. One common example is an intersection at which drivers in one direction have a stop sign, but traffic in the other direction is not required to stop. Accidents are also common at intersections where there is no traffic sign or signal at all, such as a driveway, alley, or parking lot exit that intersects with a busy road. In some cases, visual obstructions like buildings or landscaping can make it difficult for a driver to see oncoming traffic, thereby contributing to a crash.

Questions of Liability

One of the most important questions, when someone is injured or killed in an accident of this nature, is, which driver is at fault? Is it the driver who pulled into traffic, or the driver who was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision? In many cases, the answer is complicated. For example, a driver who pulls into traffic after ignoring a stoplight or stop sign will likely be considered at least partially liable. The same may be true if the driver is distracted or simply makes a poor judgment call.

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TX accident lawyer= T-boning a police vehicle traveling westbound on West Martin Street. The police officer inside was treated for a head injury at University Hospital, and the driver was taken into custody, facing charges of evading arrest and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. An injured civilian could choose to bring a civil suit against the fleeing driver over any injuries they sustained, though on-duty police may not do the same thing. If you have been in a T-bone collision, your injuries are likely severe.

Causes and Definitions

A T-bone or side-impact collision is when the front end of a car strikes the side of another vehicle, usually causing severe injury to those sitting on that particular side of the second car. There are many different causes of this type of accident - that is, many situations where a side-impact collision will be more likely to happen than, say, a rear or front-end crash. Running a stop sign or a red light like the driver on West Martin Street is one of the most common causes of these types of crashes; traffic will have begun to travel on the green light and a driver with a red light may simply not stop.

A host of different injuries may happen with this type of crash, especially since victims in a T-bone accident do not necessarily have the same safety features available to them that those in a front or rear-end collision would. Studies have shown that seat belts or other restraints do slightly raise the survival rate of these crashes, but in most vehicles, no side airbags or other protection devices are present. Injuries may be as mild as broken bones, cuts, and bruises, or may be as severe as traumatic brain injuries and spinal damage.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX injury lawyerOn the night of August 22, the passenger in a black sedan was attempting to leave the car when it was T-boned in the intersection of the I-35 S service road and Koenig Lane in Austin. The passenger was killed, and the driver sustained minor injuries, along with the driver of the vehicle that hit the sedan. This type of accident is among the most difficult to experience or witness, because it can come completely out of nowhere, and create tragic consequences. If this happens to you, it is imperative that you understand your potential liability.

T-Bone Accidents

T-bone accidents are common and can cause real problems. Unlike front and rear collisions, side impact crashes can be particularly dangerous because there is very little between passengers and the crash. Recent data states that approximately one-quarter of all crash deaths in 2016 were due to side-impact collisions. In most situations, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault in a side-impact collision, just because so many scenarios are possible, though in a situation such as the Koenig Lane accident, the record shows fault, and this may be true in your accident as well.

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TX injury lawyerOne man was killed and two others severely injured after a sedan lost control and wound up T-boned by a truck on July 9. The accident occurred on West Cesar Chavez Street, snarling traffic around the Lamar Bridge for hours. T-bone accidents are less common than other types, but when they do occur, they can cause serious long-term injuries or even death, for many varied reasons.

Statistics and Patterns

While no auto accident will ever be fully predictable, data does show certain trends. Around 18 percent of all fatal auto accidents involved a side-impact collision, the majority of those being impacts on the same side where the deceased person was sitting. While in general, crashes on the same side of the vehicle as a person is sitting on will cause them greater harm than would a crash on the opposite side (or the front or back), studies have shown that even with seatbelts, the risk of injury or death in a same side-impact crash is greater than in any other type of accident.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas car crash lawyerOn Tuesday, October 24, a young driver lost control of his car and ran a red light near Loop 1604 and FM 1346. He was killed at the scene, after being t-boned by an SUV. T-bone accidents are sadly common and can be among the most destructive to experience, but they are also very likely to result in fatalities. However, due to their lightning-quick time length, it can sometimes be difficult to show that such an accident was foreseeable to the car doing the T-boning.

Injuries Are Most Severe in T-Bone Accidents

Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that this accident follows patterns established by examining data in that males under the age of 64 tend to suffer the worst injuries in both left and right-side impact accidents, and the figure rises noticeably when one factors in seat belt use (or lack thereof). The upper body is the most affected area, but anywhere from the abdomen and lower limbs up to the top of the head can sustain injury in a non-rollover accident.

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