The Basics of T-Bone Car Accidents

There are many different types of car accidents, from minor fender-benders to massive pile-up crashes. One of the scariest types, however, is the T-bone accident.

What is a T-Bone Car Accident?

A T-bone accident is when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another. They earned their name because the shape at the point of impact can look like the letter T. This kind of accident typically happens when someone runs a red light or attempts to dangerously or illegally cross at intersection, putting them in the way of oncoming traffic.

Common T-Bone Car Accident Injuries

T-bone accidents are one of the most dangerous types of car accidents. They have a high fatality rate and the driver and passengers of the car that is hit from the side often suffer most severe injuries. T-bone accident injuries often include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Spine injuries and paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash

What causes a T-Bone Car Accident?

Like other car accident types, T-bone car accidents have many causes. Some common causes of T-bone car accidents include:

  • Drunk driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drowsy driving

For example, if a driver is talking on the phone and fails to stop in time for a red light, they might collide with a driver who is trying to safely and legally cross an intersection.

In some cases, a defective product might be the cause of a T-bone collision, like if a driver’s brakes fail and prevent them from stopping in time to avoid a crash with another vehicle.

After a T-Bone Car Accident

If you’ve been involved in a T-bone car accident, your first priority should be seeking immediate medical attention. You may also want to consider seeking the help of an experience car accident attorney to help you find justice and compensation for your injuries, or for the injuries or wrongful death of a loved one.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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