A T-bone accident is when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another. Also called side-impact collisions, these types of car crashes account for 23% of deaths in fatal car accidents. T-bone collisions often occur during a left turn and may be the result of distracted driving or a failure to yield to the driver with the right of way. Those on the side of the car that was impacted are often the most likely to suffer serious injuries, but anyone in the vehicle can be injured during this type of collision.

Some common injuries in a T-bone accident include:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Any type of accident can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even less severe head trauma, known as a concussion, can have serious short-term and long-term effects. In more severe cases, TBI can result in lifelong impairment or even death. In T-bone car accidents, TBI can occur due to an individual’s head striking the side of the vehicle, from flying debris, or from another type of hazard.

Back/Spinal Cord Injuries

A side impact can cause spinal cord injuries and this is more likely if the individual was on the side of the car that was hit. In these cases, partial or complete paralysis can occur. This disability affects nearly all areas of a person’s life and can be incredibly difficult to cope with. Other types of back injuries such as herniated disks and pinched nerves are also possible.


Whiplash is an injury that is caused by a forceful and sudden back-and-forth motion of the neck. In other types of accidents, the seat’s headrest may help prevent whiplash. However, for side-impact collisions, the neck is more likely to move quickly from side-to-side. Whiplash is painful and can result in lasting damage depending on the severity.

Broken Bones

T-bone crashes can result in broken bones in any part of the body. The likelihood of fractures increases if the accident results in a roll-over. Depending on which bones break, this type of injury can require long-term treatment.

Financial Compensation for T-Bone Accident Injuries

Being involved in a car accident can be overwhelming and frightening. In addition to managing physical injuries, you may be struggling with financial concerns after the crash. All of the above injuries can require expensive treatment and leave you with large medical bills. It is also likely that you will need to take time off work to recover, which will result in lost wages. More serious injuries can cause lifelong impairment and disability, reduce your earning potential, and cause stress for you and your family. Our personal injury lawyers can help you seek financial compensation after a T-bone accident so you can focus on healing.

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At Grabb & Durando, we have extensive experience with all types of car accident injury cases and will fight for you.

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