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How to Avoid Devastating Side-Impact Crashes

Because the side of a vehicle offers less protection for passengers than the rear or front, side-impact crashes, also known as T-bone accidents, can be deadly. In fact, side-impact crashes account for one-fourth of all passenger vehicle crash deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Because drivers want to stay safe behind the wheel, it’s helpful to know why side-impact crashes occur, how you can avoid them, and how an attorney can help if you become involved in one.

How Side-Impact Accidents Happen

T-bone accidents happen in many scenarios, but often, negligence on the part of the at-fault driver is to blame. This type of negligence means another reasonable driver would have acted differently and more responsibly in the same scenario. A few causes of side-impact crashes include distracted driving, impaired driving, and aggressive driving. These behaviors can lead to:

  • Rolling through red lights at intersections
  • Failing to yield at intersections or in parking lots
  • Misperceiving the distance of oncoming traffic when attempting to make a left turn at an intersection

Although it’s possible a side-impact crash occurs because of a medical emergency, bad weather, or a braking failure, the resulting injuries are no less serious. Victims of side-impact crashes often suffer:

  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Bone fractures

How to Avoid Side-Impact Crashes

Many side-impact accidents happen quickly and seemingly out of nowhere. However, in some cases, it’s possible to anticipate and take measures to avoid them. You may be able to minimize the consequences of a potential accident by:

  • Locking doors while traveling, which reduces the likelihood that the doors will open and expose passengers to more danger
  • Wearing seat belts properly—snug across both the lap and chest—which can keep passengers from jostling around in the event of an accident
  • Checking each direction twice before crossing or entering an intersection
  • Maneuvering safely out of the way of the oncoming vehicle and other traffic, if possible

Trustworthy Legal Help Is Available

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a side-impact crash, it’s important to consult with an attorney who can help you recover damages. At Duffy & Feemster, we can review the details of your accident and work with you to achieve a positive outcome in your case. To speak with one of our representatives, start a live online chat on our website today.


Dwight T. Feemster
Dwight is a civil and criminal attorney in Georgia.

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