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What To Do If You Were In A T-bone Crash

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A side-impact accident, or a t-bone crash, can cause serious injuries because there is not enough of a buffer between the occupants of the car and the impacting vehicle. This kind of accident can cause more serious injuries than the typical rear-end collision.

T-bone accidents are known for also causing traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and more serious spinal injuries, such as a herniated disc.


  1. Call the police at the scene of the accident. Make sure they write down the correct information about who is at fault. Obtains a copy of the police report.
  2. Get checked out by a medical professional, hospital, or immediate care facility right away. Let them know about any pain, stiffness, or soreness. It’s important to note that some injuries cannot be identified by x-rays, and may require a CT scan or MRI. However, if you do not feel any pain, avoid unnecessary medical bills.
  3. If you are injured, get follow up care. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Don’t let weeks or months go by after your first appointment. Get regular treatment for your injuries. This will help speed your recovery, and also help you document your injuries properly for your personal injury case.
  4. Take pictures of the damage to the car, as well as any visible injuries, including cuts, bruises, or marks.
  5. If the accident wasn’t your fault, take the time to have a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced auto accident / personal injury attorney. Hiring an attorney could be very helpful in getting fair compensation for your injuries and accident-related expenses.

Who is At-fault for Your Accident?

Negligence is often the root cause of these accidents. Most t-bone accidents happen at intersections, when another car fails to yield, runs a red light, or crashes into a turning vehicle.

The person at-fault is either speeding, switching lanes erratically, not following traffic lights, or they are distracted, perhaps by a cell phone. Typically, the at-fault driver is given a ticket for their negligence.

If the innocent driver and their passengers (or any of the passengers riding in the vehicle found at-faultare injured, and the accident happened in Georgia, they may have a valid personal injury case.

Do I Need an Attorney if the Other Driver is Found Guilty for the Accident?

If you were not at-fault for the t-bone accident, and suffered injuries, talking to a personal injury attorney is very important. The guilty driver’s insurance company will be liable for your medical bills, the time you are out of work, prescriptions, surgery, or any other accident-related costs and expenses. HOWEVER, insurance companies will do just about anything not to pay out the money you deserve.

What type of injury is common in a side-impact or t-bone crash?

T-bone car accidents can occur to the driver’s door or any of the passengers’ doors. Because the force of the crash is so close to the passengers on the side of the car, seat belts do not necessarily lower the risk of injury. While a seat belt does minimize injuries in a car accident by keeping your body stationary, it does not help avoid the major injuries associated with side-impact crashes.

  • Leg Injuries –  When the impact occurs near the bottom of the car, the door can get crushed and will cave in towards your lower body. This causes lacerations and broken or crushed bones in the leg.
  • Hip Injuries – When the impact occurs near the mid-bottom of the door the force is concentrated on the pelvic area. This causes a broken hip, displaced hip or crushed hip.
  • Rib Injuries – When the impact occurs in the middle of the car door it can cause the car to crumble in towards your body. This will result in broken ribs or crushed ribs.
  • Arm Injuries – When the impact occurs in the middle of the car, depending on where your arm is at the time of the accident, the car door may get forced into the body and break, crush, lacerate or even sever an arm.
  • Shoulder Injuries – When the crash occurs, the passenger on the opposite side can be forced into the door, causing injury. Common injuries to the shoulder in a side impact car accident include shoulder muscle tears, a dislocated shoulder, broken shoulder bones, a crushed shoulder or severe lacerations to the shoulder.
  • Back Injuries – Side impacts can cause many different types of injuries from a sprained back to a broken back to a pinched nerve in the back or a slipped disc.
  • Neck Injuries – Neck injury will occur often times just from the neck moving quickly from one side to the next. Injuries such as whiplash, a strained neck, a sprained neck, or a broken neck are common.
  • Ear Injuries – Side airbags are designed to reduce injury from accidents but, depending on the position your head is in at the time of the crash, the airbag may hit the ear causing tinnitus (ringing in the ears), loss of hearing or distortion of sounds which may be caused by a cochlear concussion. Depending on the severity of the crash, airbags may cause permanent ear injuries.
  • Head Injuries – A head injury can occur when the head hits the door glass, an airbag hitting your head when deploying forcefully, or when the impacting car causes the door to crush and hit your head.

If you or a loved one has been in a t-bone crash due to the negligence of another driver, and you have suffered injuries such as the ones listed above, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. You may also need to contact an experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney. James Murphy and Murphy Law Firm can provide you with the answers you need. Call today for a free consultation or case evaluation. 770-577-3020

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