T-Bone Truck Accidents: Deadly CollisionsBy Stewart J. Guss on August 16th, 2018
Truck accidents are among the most deadly traffic accidents on our roadways, and T-bone truck accidents are among the worst. Because of the massive size differential between semi-trucks and the cars we drive, such accidents cause extraordinary damage and injuries. If you or someone you care about suffered an injury—or worse—in a T-bone truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer to not only investigate and assess your total damages but also to fight to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve!
The dedicated legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is here for you every step of the way. You and your claim are both important to us, and we will aggressively advocate for your best possible settlement. We are open, for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE to submit your case for review.
National Trucking Accident Attorney Stewart J. Guss discusses trucking safety on national news with Mike Papantonio on America’s Lawyer
Intersection and T-Bone Accidents
T-bone accidents involve a truck driving squarely into the side of another vehicle. They typically happen in intersections—when a big rig is turning left, and you’re moving forward through the intersection. Such accidents can happen anywhere where cars and trucks are turning in and out of entryways and exits—for example, moving in and out of parking lots or driveways or moving in and out of alleys. 18-wheelers travel our roadways to get us the consumer goods we need and want, and as such, they make deliveries that necessitate doing a lot of pulling in and out of places. As professional drivers, truckers must adhere closely to the rules of the road and are held to an even higher standard than we non-commercial drivers are. If a semi T-bones you it is highly likely that the trucker is responsible. The vehicle that’s moving straight ahead has the right of way unless that vehicle is barreling through a red light or a stop sign.
T-bone accidents are common to intersections, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—in a 2010 report—finds that intersections, though they represent a relatively small percentage of our roads, account for a far greater percentage of accidents on those roads. Intersections are the point of convergence for traffic, and as such, many moving parts are usually in play. Cars and trucks are moving through, turning off of, and turning onto roads, and accidents happen, including exceedingly dangerous T-bone accidents. Drivers, including truck drivers, who engage in illegal maneuvers at intersections—such as jumping yellow left-turn arrows or barreling through red left-turn arrows—are the fourth leading cause of intersection accidents. When you’re traveling through intersections, look alive and watch for big rigs making errant left turns.
T-bone truck accidents can cause nearly inestimable damage. Because the side of your car has fewer safety mechanisms in place—such as the trunk at the back and the crumple zone at the front—you’re more susceptible to serious injuries in a T-bone truck accident. While such an accident can cause any number of serious injuries, there are several that are closely associated with these dangerous accidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), as the name implies, are injuries to the brain. These serious and seriously unpredictable injuries are typically the result of head trauma—such as can occur in a truck T-bone accident. Because your brain is your body’s command central, a TBI can lead to significant physical, cognitive, sensory, and emotional consequences. Some sufferers even describe a lost sense of self. The emotional component can be even more difficult to overcome than the physical damages.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries are injuries to a vertebra, disc, ligament, or the spinal cord itself, and these injuries are extremely painful and serious. Because your spinal cord and your brain, together, form your central nervous system, any injury to your spine can lead to physical issues with bodily movements and sensations. Such injuries can become chronic conditions, and if the injury is serious enough can cause partial or complete paralysis.
- Broken bones – When a bone breaks or fractures, it is exceedingly painful, and these injuries are slow to heal. Further, if the break doesn’t heal properly, it can lead to chronic health issues and can even become a permanent disability.
Your T-Bone Truck Accident Claim
If a semi-truck has t-boned you, you have no doubt suffered massive damages. To allow yourself the best chance on the road to recovery, it’s critical that your accident claim accurately reflects the full breadth of these damages. There are a variety of sources to consider:
- Your medical expenses
- Your lost hours on the job and possible diminished earning potential
- Property damage to your vehicle
- The extreme emotional trauma of being violently struck by a massive tractor-trailer
If a Trucker Injures You in a T-Bone Accident, You Need an Experienced T-Bone Truck Accident Law Firm
There’s no way around it—T-bone truck accidents are exceedingly dangerous accidents that cause massive damage. Furthermore, truck accident claims are complicated. If you suffered an injury in a T-bone truck accident, you need immediate medical attention and experienced legal counsel. The path to emotional and physical recovery after a serious truck accident is long, but a settlement that adequately covers the damages you’ve endured can help.
A trucker who T-bones you is very likely at complete fault, but trucking companies have deep pockets and may well fight you on the issue. Never fear—the dedicated and determined legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is here to fight for your rights and for the compensation that you so richly deserve. Our truck accident firm has the experience, skill, and compassion to go after the compensation you need to help you on the journey toward recovery.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of truck accident victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in a truck, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE.