A broadside collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle impacts the side of another vehicle. These accidents are also referred to as T-bone collisions, because of the “T” shape created by the vehicles when they collide.
A broadside collision can occur almost anywhere, but they are most common in intersections. Driveways, parking lots, and entrance ramps are other potential locations for broadside collisions. These are all areas where drivers interact with one another as well as traffic signals or stop signs, which increases the likelihood of a negligence-related accident.
If a driver is distracted, drunk, or simply careless, he or she may blow right through a red light and run into another vehicle. The same thing can happen if a driver backs out of a parking space or driveway without checking for cross-traffic. These and other similar situations can lead to a broadside collision that causes serious injuries.
Broadside accidents are one of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle crashes, specifically to the occupants of the vehicle that is struck on the side. The person or persons sitting on the side of the vehicle that is hit may experience catastrophic injuries, particularly if it is not equipped with side-impact airbags.
Broadside accident injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Brain injuries
- Severe cuts and bruises
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, about 1 in 4 traffic accidents in Pennsylvania in 2018 were classified as “angle” accidents, which involved 2 vehicles that collided at a “point of junction” like an intersection or driveway. 257 people lost their lives in these accidents, making angle accidents the second-highest cause of fatalities in Pennsylvania traffic accidents that year.
At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg, we are passionate about helping people who have been seriously injured in any type of car accident. We’re here for you if you’ve been injured or have lost someone you love, and we have the experience and resources to seek the type of settlement or award that can help you start to rebuild. We’ve fought for Pennsylvania’s injured since 1922.
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