T-bone accidents are one of the more severe types of crashes that can occur. As the name suggests, T-bone collisions involve one car hitting the side of another, thus forming a T-shape.
One of the most dangerous aspects of this type of crash is that the driver who has been hit usually doesn’t see it coming. They have no time to brace themselves for impact, meaning that the resulting injuries can be very severe.
How do T-bone accidents happen?
Drivers under the influence
There’s a reason why drunk driving and drugged driving laws are in place in West Virginia. The regulations aim to prevent collisions by those who are impaired by substances. Unfortunately, not everyone chooses to adhere to these rules. An impaired driver has significantly reduced reaction times and their visibility may be severely impacted by the substances they have taken. Driving under the influence is not only a criminal offense, it is also negligent and you may be able to hold an impaired driver to account if they have caused your injuries.
Driving takes up nearly all of a person’s concentration. This is why it’s so important not to become distracted by phones, passengers, food and drink or any other type of distraction. It only takes a brief lapse in concentration for a potentially fatal T-bone accident to take place.
Other road users owe you a legal duty of care and if their negligence has caused you injury, it’s important that you hold them to account. Having legal guidance behind you will allow you to pursue compensation so that you are relieved from some of the financial burdens of the crash.