Car Accidents

Common T Bone Accident Effects

Understand the short and long-term effects of t-bone accidents and learn how you can seek compensation for these damages.

May 22, 2024

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Common T Bone Accident Effects

T-bone accidents can result in severe injuries in areas such as the back, neck, and head.

Understanding these injuries can help t-bone accident victims better understand the best path for recovery and the value of their motor vehicle accident cases.

If you suffered injuries following a t-bone accident and want to seek compensation for your injuries and damages, contact the car accident lawyers at the Rodney Okano Car Accident Law Firm by calling (702) 566-3600 for a free consultation.

What Is a T-Bone Accident

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A t-bone collision, also known as a side impact collision or broadside crash, is when the front of one vehicle strikes another, forming a "T" shape.

These car accidents usually occur at intersections and are considered among the most dangerous due to the limited protection provided by a vehicle's side.

Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents

Numerous actions can cause T-bone collisions; however, some of the most common causes of side impact collisions are:

  • Running a Red Light or Stop Sign: Many T-bone accidents are caused by drivers who blow a red light or stop sign and collide with vehicles immediately.

  • Failure to Yield: Another reason T-bone accidents occur is when a driver fails to give the right away when merging into an intersection and collides with oncoming traffic.

  • Distracted Driving: Drivers who text, talk on the phone, adjust the radio, or do any other activity besides driving increase their chances of missing a red light, stop sign, or incoming traffic resulting in a t-bone car accident.

Common Injuries Associated with T-Bone Accidents

Following a side impact collision, the injuries sustained can vary from spinal cord injuries to foot injuries. However, a few injuries commonly seen following t-bone crashes are:

  • Whiplash: This injury occurs when the sudden force of the accident causes the occupants' necks to snap back and forth rapidly. Whiplash can result in soft tissue damage and neck strain.

  • Head Injuries: One of the most severe injuries resulting from t-bone accidents are head and brain injuries, which can vary from minor concussions to traumatic brain injuries, depending on the force of the colliding vehicle.

  • Broken Bones: Rear impact collisions can often cause bones to break or fracture; these breaks are commonly seen in the arms, legs, ribs, and pelvis.

  • Internal Injuries: A very serious injury caused by a t-bone collision is an internal injury, which is organ damage, internal bleeding, and abdominal trauma. These injuries may not show symptoms immediately but require prompt medical treatment.

  • Spinal Injuries: A t-bone crash can cause damage to the spinal cord, which could result in partial or complete paralysis. Physical recovery from a spinal cord injury could be a long process requiring constant physical therapy.

  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue injuries such as bruises, sprains, and strains are considered soft tissue injuries. Their impact can result in pain, swelling, and limited mobility.

  • Lacerations: Broken glass or bent metal can cause tears and openings in the skin.

You must seek medical treatment following a car accident to avoid worsening any injuries associated with T-bone accidents.

Detailed T-Bone Accident Injury Analysis

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A deeper look into common t-bone accident injuries can help victims understand injury patterns and the best way to heal.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury occurs when the head strikes a object during the accident. TBIs can range from mild concussions to more long-term effects like cognitive impairment.

Comas can also be a result of TBIs.


Whiplash occurs when the neck is rapidally moved back-and-forth. This injury is usually a short-lived injury and is treatable. However, some people may suffer the effect of whiplash for months or even years.

In a auto accident the best way to avoid whiplash is to adjust you vehicle seat higher ensure that you and your passenger wear your seat belts properly.


A fractures is when a bone cracks or breaks. The bone can be completely fractured or partially fractured.

Common fractures are:

  • Stable fracture

  • Open fracture

  • Transverse fracture

  • Obliqure fracture

  • Comminute fracture

Treatment for bone fractures may consist of using a cast, traction, or external fixation.

Lasting Effects of T-Bone Accident Injuries

Not only can you suffer severe injuries from t-bone accidents, but you could also experience long-term effects that hinder your day-to-day life.

Chronic Pain

T-bone car accidents can result in serious injuries that cause chronic pain in the neck, back, and joints. This pain can become a daily struggle and reduce the quality of life.


Catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal injuries can lead to permanent disability. These disabilities can be a partial or complete loss of mobility or cognitive impairments.

Lost Income and Working Ability

Injuries such as hip and leg injuries or head injuries can lead to extended periods away from work, resulting in lost wages. In addition, injuries caused by a t-bone car accident can reduce working ability, making it harder to earn a full salary.

Wrongful Death

Tragically, if the t-bone car accident results in the death of a loved one, it could cause lasting damage emotionally and financially. If you lost a loved one in an auto accident, it's recommended that you file a wrongful death lawsuit to achieve emotional and financial recovery.

What Damages Can I Claim Following a T-Bone Car Accident

With the help of an experienced car accident attorney, you can seek compensation for the following injuries and damages through a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Medical Expenses: A claim can compensate for any medical bills related to the accident, such as hospital stays, rehabilitation costs, prescription medication costs, and medical equipment costs, such as crutches, wheelchairs, and braces.

  • Property Damage: Damages to your vehicle or other personal property can be compensated for in your personal injury case.

  • Lost Wages: If your injuries cause you to miss work, you can be compensated for past and future lost pay.

  • Pain and Suffering: You can seek compensation for the physical pain and discomfort caused by the injuries experienced in the car accident.

  • Loss of Consortium: If the auto accident results in the death of a spouse or damage to the relationship, damages may be awarded to compensate for the loss of companionship and affection.

  • Punitive Damages: You may be awarded punitive damages if the other driver's negligence, such as distracted driving, was extreme.

Seeking Medical Attention Following a T-Bone Accident

Following a side impact collision, you should seek medical attention as it benefits your health and case.

You should receive medical examinations such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs and visit your primary care physician to have your condition assessed and documented.

In the days after the car accident, you should visit a:

  • Orthopedic Specialist

  • Neurologist

  • Physical Therapist

Recommended Care to Do at Home Following a T-Bone Accident

In addition to seeking professional medical attention, you can perform specific stretches and home care techniques to aid your recovery. A few stretches you can perform to heal are:

  • Side neck stretch

  • Chin tucks

  • Shoulder shrugs

  • Cat-cow stretch

  • Child's pose

A few home care techniques you can perform to heal are:

  • Ice

  • Heat

  • Rest

  • Elevation

  • Hydration

  • Healthy Diet

  • Over-the-counter pain medications

Always consult your health care provider before performing home care to ensure it's safe for your condition.

Establishing Fault in a T-Bone Accident

Our car accident attorneys have the skills and expertise to prove liability and win your case, just as we have done for countless side-impact collisions before yours.

Our lawyers will establish fault in your case by:


Our auto accident attorneys will visit the scene where the accident occurred and take note of things such as traffic signs and signals, road conditions, and skid marks.

In addition, our lawyers will profusely analyze even documents related to your case, such as police reports and medical records.

Interviewing Eyewitnesses

Our car accident lawyers will interview any witnesses who saw the accident and use their accounts as evidence in your case. We may also utilize expert witnesses to obtain a more specialized opinion on your case.

Evidence Gathering

We will gather as much evidence related to your case as possible, from photographs to CCTV footage. Images of the cars involved will be valuable when reconstructing the accident.

Utilize Vehicle Data

In more complex cases, our attorneys will obtain the black box, a device installed on most modern vehicles that captures information about the vehicle's speed, braking, and other actions that may have caused the car accident.

Talk to a Las Vegas Attorney Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Following a t-bone accident, it's recommended that you talk with a personal injury lawyer who has the experience and skill to obtain fair compensation.

With over 20+ years of experience in Nevada and car accident law, our attorneys have the necessary skills to win your case. Schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys today by calling (702) 566-3600