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T-Bone Car Accident Settlement Guide

T-Bone Car Accident Settlements

Getting in a car accident is often a terrifying experience. This is especially true when the car that hits you strikes from the side, potentially exactly where you are a passenger are seated. When you are involved in a t-bone car accident (also known as side impact), the resulting injuries can be severe – even fatal.  If you have been in this type of serious car accident, you may speculate about how much compensation you may receive in a T Bone car accident settlement.

This article details common injuries suffered in T-Bone car accidents, the factors involved in the average T-bone car accident settlement, and some actual settlement examples involving side impact crashes.

Car Accident Settlement

What’s Included in a T-Bone Car Accident Settlement

Once everyone is safe and out of harms way, you should start thinking about collecting evidence and documentation to ensure you get fair compensation for your car accident injuries. This may sound complicated, but keeping a few points in mind can be the difference between winning your car accident claim and walking away emptyhanded.

In order to ensure you get a fair t-bone accident settlement for your injuries and damages, make sure to have a few things:

  • Proof that the other driver was at fault: This can include pictures, traffic cameras, witness statements, and police reports.
  • Documentation of your injuries, medical bills, property damages, and lost wages: A big part of the t bone accident settlement amount will be reimbursement for your medical expenses, loss of income, and costs of repairing your vehicle.
  • A journal of your daily activities as they are impacted by your car accident injuries: Loss of consortium, such as not being able to play with your kids or be intimate with your spouse can increase the pain and suffering multiple and drastically impact the amount of your settlement.
  • A consultation with a personal injury attorney: Even if you intend to settle the claim without hiring a lawyer, a free consultation can be enlightening. It can give you an idea how strong your case is, and may give you some ideas on what to include in your t-bone accident settlement demand

We’ll dive deeper into these points below.

T-Bone Car Accidents Aren’t Unique, But They Can Be Very Dangerous

T-Bone car accidents often lead to serious injuries largely because the vehicles are knocked off course and have a second collision. The T-boned vehicle is pushed violently sideways, possibly toward the side of the road or into oncoming traffic.

The force of the crash may spin one vehicle into the other vehicle that was in motion. Once a car has deviated from its intended path, there is a much higher risk of trauma and collisions, including hitting other vehicles, telephone poles, and guardrails.

T-bone accidents also cause devastating injuries because the person being hit broadside only has the door between him and the other vehicle. When a car hits you from the front or rear, there are many feet of the bumper, steel, trunk, engine, and seats cushioning you from the impact. But if the car is T-boned, there is just the door and window to protect you.

The violence of these crashes is why side-impact crashes killed approximately 5,350 Americans in 2018. 

T-Bone Accident Causes

Common causes of T-bone car accidents include:

  • Not stopping at stop signs. Failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection is a violation of traffic laws.
  • Failing to yield: When stop signs are placed at a four-way stop, each driver needs to yield to the other. When two or more vehicles come to the intersection at the same time, it can be difficult to figure out who needs to go first. Most states require the driver on the left side to go first.
  • Running a light: This is illegal and an obvious sign of negligence. Many drivers increase speed to get through a light before it turns red, so T-bone crashes can be especially deadly.
  • Turning across traffic: Drivers in the turn lane must wait until it is safe to cross
  • Cell phones: Texting and driving or talking on a cell phone is illegal in all states. Cell phone records can be accessed by the police to determine if either driver was on a cell phone during the accident.

In many cases, side impact accidents are caused by the driver of one vehicle not yielding to the other at an intersection. Thus, the driver who did not yield is often at fault. But not every one of these cases is so clear.

Common T-Bone Accident Injuries

t bone accident on the roadA side impact or T-bone crash is one of the most serious car accidents. These terrible accidents often come out of the blue. You likely followed the rules of the road. Suddenly, another car runs a stop sign or red light and slams  into the side of your vehicle. Injuries in these side impact crashes can be severe. This is because there is very little impact-absorbing material in a side impact wreck. With a rear end collision or head on crash, they car itself can absorb more of the forces.

In a side impact crash, the person on the side of the wreck usually has the most serious injuries. However, both parties can be injured.  Common T-bone accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions and worse
  • Neck injuries that may include a herniated disc, spinal cord injury, or whiplash
  • Back injuries including spinal cord damage, paralysis, and/or nerve damage
  • Chest, pelvic and abdominal injuries
  • Broken bones, dislocated joints
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as torn tendons, muscles and ligaments

How to Prove Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident

Because T-bone crashes can lead to such severe injuries, it is important to determine if the other driver was at fault so you can receive proper compensation in a T-Bone car accident settlement.

In some cases, liability is quite obvious based on how the crash happened. One driver may have simply run a red light and slammed into your car’s side. But in other situations, the driver may claim that they had the right of way and you are liable for the accident.

But the fault for these accidents cannot always be determined by which driver T-boned the other. Rather, liability in these accidents hinges on which car had the right to be moving forward. This is known as right of way. The car that did not have right of way will be assigned fault in a T-bone collision.

Proving Fault Starts at the Accident Scene

You may have just been in a side-impact accident and are at the accident scene, wondering what is next. The rules for a T-bone accident are the same as for other car crashes.

First, call the police. They will come to the scene and write a police report, which will likely make an early determination on who was at fault.

Next, obtain the contact information of any eyewitnesses who saw the crash. Eyewitness testimony can be especially important to determine who had the right of way. Do not admit liability to anyone. Take pictures of the accident scene, car positions, and damages, if possible.

Traffic Lights

Some T-bone accidents may involve questions about the traffic light. For example, you may have had a protected green light but the other driver says they had the right of way. If this is happening, try to note when the accident happened. While this will not certainly protect you, it may be possible to compare your accident time against the light’s programming.

For example, if the car accident happened at 11:30 AM, that time might be compared to the light’s programming to prove that oncoming traffic always has a red light at 11:30 AM. This is not a surefire solution, but it can offer your personal injury attorney a helpful tool to show you did not cause the accident.

Defective Vehicle

A common wrinkle in T-bone accident investigations is where there were defective parts in one of the vehicles. The other driver may have blown through a stop sign because their brakes failed. But was the brake failure due to a manufacturer’s defect or the driver’s failure to get their brakes maintained?

Or maybe the injuries are severe because the crash tore a seatbelt, damaged the side-impact airbags, and they could not deploy. In this scenario, it may be wise to get the auto manufacturer or repair shop involved. These parties may share some liability for the car accident or the severity of your injuries.

Evidence to Prove Fault in a T-Bone Accident

Your attorney can be a big help in proving fault in the accident with some or all of this information:

  • Police report
  • Traffic light programming
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Traffic camera footage
  • Surveillance video footage from other businesses
  • Physical evidence from vehicles
  • Electronic data from vehicles
  • Expert witness testimony

Document Everything Related to the Crash 

In addition to police reports and witness statements, you should be documenting and saving everything you can as it relates to the t-bone accident. This would obviously include detailed records of all medical treatments and bills, car expenses (including towing, rental cars, uber rides, etc), and loss of income, but should also include more. If there were injuries, make sure to take pictures. If the damage to your vehicle shows fault, take pictures of that too. 

In addition to documenting proof of income, if you have any lost opportunities, document those as well. It’s easy for an hourly worker to calculate how many hours they missed and how much they are paid hourly, but it’s harder to calculate missed opportunity for a small business owner or sales rep. Who’s to say thay missed meeting or client you had to pass on due to your injuries, wasn’t going to turn into a recurring revenue stream or referral base for decades to come. 

Finally, keep a journal or list of all activities that were impacted by your injuries. Not being able to do the things with your family you once did counts as loss of consortium, and can increase the t bone accident payout by up to 500% in some cases. 

Actual T-Bone Car Accident Settlement Example: 

On October 1, 2020 I was driving to work at 6:30 a.m. in my 2020 Honda Accord near Westbrook & Pine Road in Atlanta Georgia. It was foggy, and had rained the night before, so the roadway was slippery and wet. As I approached the intersection at Westbrook and Pine Road, I had a green light and was traveling at an estimated speed of 40 miles-per-hour when suddenly and without notice I was T-Boned by a black Cadillac Escalade on the passenger side of my vehicle. The impact, and the intensity of the impact caused me to lose control of my vehicle, which sent my car soaring into a telephone pole on the corner.


Lateral or “T-Bone” collisions are uniquely dangerous. This is so because when a vehicle hits the front or back of a vehicle, there are several feet of steel, bumper, engine, trunk, and seats protecting the occupants. However, when a vehicle is broadsided, known in driving parlance as a “T-Bone,” there is only a door and a window between the occupant and the other vehicle.


Aftermath of the T-Bone Accident


After the crash, I was shaky and dazed. I experienced the immediate onset of pain and discomfort throughout my body. The airbags deployed throughout the car, which caused me to  strike my head against the window. I had a laceration to my forehead and could feel the blood dripping down my face. I was still in my car when I heard sirens in the distance. This was a relief, as I knew I needed immediate medical care and treatment for my injuries.


The paramedics came to my car window and asked if I was okay. They placed a C-Collar around my neck and loaded me onto the gurney. When they took me out of the car, I began experiencing the sudden onset of neck and low back pain in the hours immediately following the car accident. The paramedics transported me to Atlanta General Hospital for treatment of my injuries.


Upon arrival to the emergency room, I was examined by Dr. Brown, M.D. He advised that I sustained a concussion due to the impact from the car accident and trauma to my forehead when it hit the window. They cleaned and dressed my forehead laceration and sutured the wound with four (4) stitches. A CT of my head and cervical spine was ordered for precaution. The cervical CT was negative for fractures and the Head CT did not reveal any hemorrhage. I was prescribed Narcotic pain medication and discharged home later that evening with instructions to seek further care and treatment of my injuries.


After being discharged from the emergency room, I decided to take the day off work. My neck and low back pain was progressively worsening. I attempted to relieve my pain via the use of home remedies such as hot/cold packs and rest. I took the medication prescribed at the emergency room, however I continued to suffer from ongoing pain. My head was throbbing and my neck pain was sharp and stiff. I called a chiropractors office near my home and scheduled an appointment for the following morning.


On October 3, 2020 I presented to Dr. Ben, D.C. for chiropractic treatment. At this time, my pain and symptoms were progressively worsening. I had head, neck, low/mid back pain along with shoulder pain and stiffness. I was tossing and turning throughout the night and was feeling fatigued and anxious. Upon examination, there was a reduced range of motion in my lumbar and cervical spine. It was difficult to carry out my activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, driving, and household chores. The chiropractor recommended that I take the week off from work and continue treatment here 2-3 times a week for 6-10 weeks. He provided me with a doctors note that I submitted to my job.


I took the rest of the week off work and made sure to submit the doctors note to human resources at my job. I documented my time off from work so I could recover my lost wages when submitting my demand to the insurance company. I continued treatment with Dr. Ben, D.C., however my neck and low back pain continued to worsen. As a result of my ongoing neck pain, Dr. Ben recommended that I undergo an MRI of my cervical spine.


I presented to ATL MRI for the recommended cervical MRI on October 16, 2020. The impression revealed the following:


  • C2-3: 1-2 mm protrusion indenting the thecal sac. No neural foraminal narrowing.
  • C3-4: 2-3 mm disc protrusion compressing bilateral exiting nerve roots.
  • C4-5: 1 mm protrusion with bilateral neural foramina stenosis.
  • C5-6: 4 mm disc protrusion with bilateral nerve root compression and annular tear.
  • C6-7: 2 mm disc protrusion abutting bilateral exiting nerve roots.
  • C7-T1: 2-3 mm protrusion with annular tear and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.


Three days later I returned to Dr. Ben, D.C. He hooked me up to a TENS unit which provided electrical muscle stimulation to my low back and neck. He utilized hot/cold packs, and provided adjustments to my low back and neck. Chiropractic treatment seemed to help improve my pain, however the range of motion in my neck and low back was still significantly reduced. The results of my MRI were sent to the Chiropractor. As a result of the myriad of positive findings on the MRI, including stenosis and nerve root impingement, Dr. Ben provided me with a referral for a consultation with a pain management specialist to review the results of and provided additional treatment options.


One week later, I presented Dr. Doug, M.D. in Atlanta Georgia for a pain management consultation. At this time, I had frequent and moderate neck, shoulder, and low back pain. The pain radiates to the bilateral forearms, hands, and fingers. There is neck weakness, stiffness and muscle spasm. There is tingling and numbness in the bilateral hands. The symptoms are increased by twisting, turning, extending and flexing the neck, and keeping it in awkward or prolonged positions. The low back pain is frequent and moderate to severe and radiates down the bilateral thighs, legs, and feet. There is back weakness and stiffness along with muscle spasms and tingling in the bilateral lower extremities. I was assessed as follows:


Initial Assessment:


  • Cervical spine sprain/strain
  • Cervical Radiculoathy
  • Cervical facet joint arthropathy
  • lumbar spine sprain/strain


            Treatment Plan:


            Cervical facet injections C4-5, C5-6, C6-7, levels on the right side as well as lumbar facet injections at the L4-5 and L5-S1 levels on the right side


Cervical facet injections are performed under fluoroscopic guidance in a surgery center. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the cost will be $10,000-$15,000 each, which includes the cost of the surgical facility. Upon reevaluation after the first injection and based on the response and progression of pain, recommendation for further injections may be warranted.


In the instance that facet joint injections allow for greater than 80% short term pain relief, Dr. Doug advised that I may be a candidate for a possible rhizotomy, which involves the disruption of the nerve supply to the joint by means of radio frequency waves and may result in prolonged pain relief. The procedure costs approximately $20,000 for one side, and $25,000 bilaterally. This includes the cost of the surgical facility. Repeat procedures may be requires to maintain pain control. I decided to move forward with the recommended facet injections which Dr. Ben, M.D. scheduled for the next week.


The following week, I presented to Dr. Ben, M.D.’s surgical center for cervical facet injections at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7 levels on the right side. The procedure provided me with some much needed temporary pain relief. Unfortunately, one week later my pain and symptoms soon returned.


I continued with chiropractic treatment which was providing me with significant pain relief. I presented for my final chiropractic visit on November 27, 2020 at which time I was discharged with symptoms and instructions to return for a follow-up with Dr. Ben, M.D.


On December 3, 2020 I returned to Dr. Ben, M.D. for my final pain management appointment. At this time, I continued to have minor neck, low back, and mid back pain. The wound on my head was nearly healed, however a small visible scar remained. Dr. Ben recommended that I seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon for possible scar revision. He provided me with a referral to a plastic surgeon and discharged me from his care with recommendations to return for follow-ups, as needed for significant flare ups of pain. He also provided recommendations for repeat cervical facet injections due to the pain relief they provided.


Negotiation & T-Bone Accident Settlement


It was a relief to complete my medical care and treatment, and my pain had significantly subsided, although I continued to suffer from residual pain. I collected my full and complete medical records and billing from all treating doctors and was preparing to send a settlement demand to the at-fault drivers insurance company. The driver that hit me was insured with Ameriprise Home & Auto. The adjuster called me a few days after the accident and disclosed that he carried bodily injury policy limits of $50,000.


It took 7-10 days to obtain all of my medical records and bills from my treating doctors. After receiving all of my bills/records, my total medical bills were $27,500. I prepared a settlement demand letter which detailed the exact nature, extent, and severity of my injuries. I discussed the pain and suffering associated with my injuries and recovery, and made sure to let the insurance company know that I sustained a permanent scar on my forehead from the laceration. I included my lost wages from work and submitted a demand for the at-fault drivers full policy limits of $50,000. I gave the insurance company two weeks to respond to the demand. One week after submitting the demand letter, the insurance adjuster called me and advised that Ameriprise had received my demand, and would be in touch very soon with a settlement offer.


One week later, the adjuster called me and made a settlement offer for $40,000. I knew that my case was worth more since I suffered permanent scarring, my car was totaled, and I had recommendations for future medical care and treatment. I stuck to my guns and told the adjuster that I would not be reducing my demand. I reiterated my demand for the full $50,000 policy limits. The adjuster told me that he would discuss with his supervisor and attempt to secure additional settlement authority. Three days later, the adjuster called me and advised that Ameriprise would be accepting my demand for $50,000. The insurance company emailed me a settlement release, which I quickly signed and returned. The adjuster called me after I returned the release and advised that my check was in the mail and I would be receiving it within 5 business days. I was content with the result and pleased to secure the full policy limits from the at fault driver.


More T-bone Car Accident Settlement Examples:

Below are some real T-bone car accident settlements and verdicts from across the US in recent years:

  • $230,000 T-Bone Accident Settlement: Woman was hit in a broadside accident at a busy intersection in California. Suffered herniated disc that necessitated spinal fusion surgery.
  • $186,000 T-Bone Accident Settlement: Man with a pre-existing lumbar fusion was hit in a low speed, side impact wreck. Suffered neck and low back injuries.
  • $150,000 T-Bone Accident Wrongful Death Settlement: Man was hit from the side by a garbage truck, killing him instantly. Policy limits reached in wrongful death lawsuit.

How much your car accident settlement will be is difficult to predict; accident injuries vary so widely. There is no precise formula that can calculate your possible settlement. One of the key areas that insurance companies examine when determining how much to pay you is what they call ‘special’ damages. These damages include the financial losses that you incur due to the crash, such as lost wages and medical bills.

The goal of the insurance company is to determine roughly what a jury would give you if the side impact accident went to trial. One of the most important parts of determining the final compensation for your car accident settlement is to put a number to your pain and suffering from the crash. As noted earlier, side impact injuries can be very serious, and pain and suffering can be substantial in these cases.

Can I Get a T-Bone Car Accident Settlement If I Was Partially To Blame for the Crash?

In a T-bone collision where both drivers share the blame for the accident, you still may be able to recover damages, depending on the state. California, for example, has a ‘comparative fault’ law where the at-fault driver can still obtain damages even if they were partially to blame for the accident. But the damages received may be reduced based on that person’s level of fault.

Consult With a Car Accident Attorney

Every car accident will involve different scenarios, people and vehicles. Recovering as much money as possible for your accident injuries means that liability has to be proven. Hiring, or even speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer will greatly enhance your chances of receiving fair a t bone car accident settlement for your injuries.

Some tips for choosing a lawyer after a T Bone Car Accident:

  • Choose an attorney who goes to trial often. Many attorneys who do personal injury law usually settle out of court. It is true that most cases do not go to trial. But in a T-bone accident case with serious injuries, it is important to have an attorney in your corner who goes to trial often, and wins. The insurance company will know if your attorney is good in the court room.
  • Choose a lawyer with a history of large auto accident settlements and verdicts. If you have a serious injury from your accident, you are facing large medical bills and months out of work. It is important to have an attorney who has a demonstrated record of success.
  • Get an attorney with resources. Does the attorney have the cash and line of credit to prepare your case? Expenses in a major personal injury case can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Find a lawyer who belongs to the State and National Trial Lawyer Groups. Serious attorneys in personal injury law talk to and network with other attorneys. Your attorney should be up to date with the latest techniques and tricks in the legal field. Belonging to these groups is a good way for an attorney to stay on top of the field.
  • Find an attorney who has many good testimonials. Your lawyer should have many past clients that you can talk to. They should be able to provide proof that the lawyer can produce when it counts.

If you keep in mind all of the above information, you should be better prepared if you are ever in a T-bone car accident.

Frequently Asked Questions about car accident settlements

T-bone accidents tend to involve larger levels of compensation. When the car is broad sided, the person on that side takes a very violent hit. Even with several airbags, there is only a car door and window to slow the other car before it strikes you and the others in the car.

In this type of severe accident with so little protection, it is possible you can suffer severe whiplash, fractures, organ damage, brain damage or death.

Because of the severe injuries often involved, the compensation in a t bone accident can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. First, your attorney will help you to add up the following:

  • Costs for medical care, therapy and rehabilitation
  • Out of pocket costs for drugs
  • Lost earnings and wages

Once those have been added up, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company to determine what your pain and suffering amount should be. Typically a multiplier from 1-5 will be used. A 5 is for the most serious, long term, life changing injuries, such as serious brain damage. Less severe injuries might rate a 2 or 3. So, your compensation for a t bone accident could range from the tens of thousands of dollars into the millions for the worst cases.

If you have serious injuries that greatly affect your life for weeks and months, such as broken bones, head fracture and or internal injuries, you should be entitled to a serious settlement for a T-bone accident. If you have serious injuries, and the insurance company only uses a ‘2’ multiplier to determine your pain and suffering, you are being low balled. Bring in a good personal injury attorney to get you the pain and suffering compensation to which you are entitled.

A T-bone accident is one of the most serious types of car crashes. The problem is when a vehicle slams into the side of your at high speed, you have little protection from the resulting forces other than the thin metal and plastic of the door, as well as the side air bags.
In a T-bone accident, the person who is on the side of the crash could have very serious injuries.
How much the settlement can be for a T-bone accident varies so much based on the speed and size of the vehicles involved. One of the areas the auto insurance company will look at when determining what to pay is ‘special damages.’ These are economic damages that include your losses financially were due to the crash, including medical costs and lost wages.
Once it is decided how much you have lost in economic damages, that number will usually be multiplied by a number from 1 to 5 to represent your pain suffering. Depending on that number, your settlement could range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Can sideswipe accidents cause you to suffer serious injuries? They absolutely can, especially if the speed of the striking vehicle was high and led to your vehicle being rolled over onto its side or its roof. This level of severity can easily cause you to suffer a neck injury, head trauma, impalement or other serious injury.

It’s not uncommon for a sideswipe accident to result in a fatality. How? If the vehicle that is sideswiped winds up rolling over violently, the driver or passenger in that vehicle could wind up being ejected or crushed, leading to fatal injuries. That is why a sideswipe accident can be just as serious, or even more serious, than an average car accident.

When it comes time to look at settlement values for sideswipe accidents, these crashes could wind up leading to average settlements if the damage and the injuries aren’t too serious. If the damage to the vehicle is extensive, or the injuries are severe or fatal, the settlement value could wind up being higher compared to an average car accident. The difficult issue here is it is nearly impossible to determine a settlement price before a claim is filed.

There are a few different types of car accidents one can get involved in during their lifetime. One such accident is the sideswipe accident. A sideswipe accident occurs when the right side of one vehicle collides with the left side of another vehicle. These accidents can range from minor to severe, with the most severe being when one of the vehicles involved winds up on its side in a rollover. So, when compared to an average car accident settlement, are sideswipe accidents more or less serious?

Running a red light is seriously dangerous and can likely result in a t-bone collision. If someone has run a red light they have broken the law. If you are the driver who t-bones the negligent driver who ran the red light, the fault of the accident is placed on the driver who ran the light. It is very important to cautiously enter any intersection for this very reason. Negligent drivers can speed through a light hoping to make it through in time so be sure to watch for traffic entering the intersection even if you have a green light. The careless driver is responsible for the other drivers damages as well as their own.

Side impact collisions are also known as t-bone accidents. There are many unique factors that involve every accident but when it comes to determining fault for a side impact collision there are a few guidelines to follow. You can determine the faulted party primarily based on how the cars collided. If one car is the recipient of the t-bone collision, they are usually not at fault. However, many other factors can prove the car that is the one getting t-boned is at fault including speeding, running traffic signals, distracting driving such as texting or being under the influence and tire marks in the road. Eyewitness statements and street cameras (if available) are also very important when providing evidence to determine the fault.

Side impact collision settlement values vary due to each accident and their unique variables.  In order to get an estimated value on your t-bone collision, the best way to do so is by using our t-bone accident calculator. Generally, there is a simple formula used by adding up all of the following:

  • Property damage to the vehicle
  • Medical bills if injures are present
  • Future medical bills
  • Wages lost due to the absence of work
  • Passenger damages

Once you have determined the value to the damages above you then must apply a multiplier which is generally a number 1-5 that represents the pain and suffering from the injuries sustained due to the accident. If the pain is continuous and extremely severe affecting the victims’ everyday activities, the number will be on the higher scale such as a 4 or 5. If the pain and injuries are less severe and are capable of quick recoveries, the multiplying number will be lower such as a 1 or 2.

Intersections can be a bit confusing when cars pull up to stop signs at the same time. Stop sign accidents usually result in t-bone collisions and are typically caused by distracted drivers. You may file a claim as long as you can prove the other party was at fault. When it comes to stop sign intersections, there is generally one rule you must always remember. If you pull up at the same time as another vehicle, the vehicle to your right always has the right of way and the vehicle to the left must yield. If you are involved in a stop sign accident and are looking to file a claim it is important to provide proof to show you are not at fault. To prove the other party is at fault it is important to provide evidence against them such as:

  • Pictures of the intersection including road signs
  • Police report
  • Pictures of damaged vehicles
  • Eyewitness statements
  • If surveillance footage is available

Few vehicles offer the safety features that help protect the passengers in a t-bone collision. Because of this, side-impact crashes have been reported as the deadliest for children and deaths rates continue to rise because of expanded travel speeds and increased number of larger vehicles on the road. It is common to sustain head, neck and spine injuries in these types of crashes. According to the insurance institute for highway safety, 25% of fatal accidents are t-bone collisions and about 8,000-10,000 people are killed each year.

All types of car accidents can cause serious injuries especially side impact crash. Side impact accidents consistently cause serious injuries to the victims involved and are especially dangerous due to the lack of protective safety features on the sides of the vehicle.  These accidents frequently occur at intersections while both vehicles are attempting to cross resulting in devastating damages due to both vehicles colliding at full speed. Cars are designed with a great amount of safety features such as bumpers and air bags and are intended to withstand damages caused from a front-end or rear-end collision. However, there is an absence of protection while enduring a side-impact crash.

T-bone accidents are also known as side impact crashes. These side impact collisions occur when a driver crashes into the side of another car, head on causing the accident to appear t-shaped. Side impact collisions tend to have devastating outcomes due to the lack of safety features protecting the sides of the vehicle. There are many reasons T-bone accidents can occur including such as:

  • Distracted driving/texting
  • Driving under the influence
  • Running stop signs/stop lights
  • Fatigue
  • Failing to yield
  • Speeding

These types of accidents are more severe due to both cars typically colliding at full speed, which is why the damages done are generally more significant than a minor fender bender.

T-bone auto collision injuries have a tendency to be considerably more extreme than those maintained in a front-or backside crash. The reason being is due to the high-speed impact and minimal airbag security from the sidewalls of the vehicle.

  • Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Broken ribs
  • Chest injuries- lung trauma and esophageal injuries
  • Broken bones- arms, pelvis, legs
  • Hip injuries
  • Neck injuries- whiplash, broken neck
  • Cuts and bruising
  • Back injuries- broken back, herniated disks, spinal cord injury

If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries from a t-bone car accident, be proactive and do some research regarding your situation and contact your local personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be owed.

A t-bone accident settlement is much the same to other personal injury settlements. The sum will rely upon various unique factors to the case like the severity of the wounds, regardless of whether it worsened any prior wounds, and whether the offended caused the mishap themselves. There is no exact answer how much money a t-bone car accident victim may be owed however; here are some different factors that go into deciding the settlement amount such as:


  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of wages during recovery time
  • Property damage
  • Future medical expenses
  • Physical immobility
  • Spousal loss of companionship
  • If death, funeral costs

After a t-bone car accident, you may have genuine wounds and a large amount in hospital expenses and different misfortunes. Your vehicle might be destroyed and now you need to make sense of how to recover it in your current financial situation. When you have solid proof that the other vehicle is to blame in the t-bone mishap that prompted your injuries, at that point you can seek after compensation for your physical and other damages. Some cases where compensation was owed includes:

  • Woman compensated $1 million after being t-boned and suffering ankle and heel injuries as well as mild traumatic brain injuries.
  • Man was compensated $175,000 after being t-boned by a man who fell asleep at the wheel, causing lower back injuries requiring surgery.
  • Woman was compensated $99,000 after being t-boned and sustaining neck and back injuries.
  • Woman compensated $5 million after a car blindsided her leaving her with severe brain injuries and a broken back
  • Accident victim awarded $700,000 after being t-boned from a negligent driver running a stop sign.

When being involved in a t-bone car accident, there are a few various circumstances that cause this type of accident to occur. In t-bone car accidents, determining the at-fault party involves providing an official police report, evidence such as photos and testimonials from a third party such as a witness. Commonly, in a t-bone car accident the driver who has collided into the side of the other car is typically found at-fault. However, scenarios such as a driver running a red light or a stop sign causing the other driver to crash into that negligent driver will be determined at-fault.

Other factors determining who is at-fault:

  • Driver missed the traffic sign
  • Driver was distracted or intoxicated
  • Driver fails to yield to the right of way driver
  • Vehicle defects such as failed breaks
  • Traffic camera evidence
  • Vehicle damage evidence
  • Physical injury evidence

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