Nothing can be more terrifying to a person than an automobile accident. One of the most serious car accidents in Rhode Island causing serious and catastrophic injuries is that of being hit broadside, also known as a T-bone accident.
Automobile accidents are not new. History claims a steam-powered vehicle accident was recorded in 1771 in France, where it crashed into a tree, during a test run. The first American single-cylinder gasoline automobile accident occurred in 1891. The first person killed by a car in the United States was recorded in September 1899. From these early recordings to modern day there have been accidents involving motor vehicles.
From a legal standpoint, there are a number of things to be considered when a client comes in with complaints regarding a right-angle collision or T-bone accident in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. In today’s world, in addition to determining who is at fault, it is important to consider the amount of insurance available to cover your medical bills and pain and suffering from the auto collision.
In addition, the type of installed airbags should be considered. Very few of today’s modern vehicles have side-impact airbags, which are designed to protect the driver from a T-bone collision. Even vehicles with this type of airbag cannot protect the individual if there are a series of collisions after the initial impact. Their protection ability also is involved when there are sudden speed changes or multiple collisions before motion ceases.
Multiple T-bone accidents occur because of failure to yield right of way, a sudden turn in front of an oncoming car and failing to obey traffic signals. It is important, when interviewing a client, to determine exactly what happened and who was at fault. Naturally, such a person is concerned about replacing their car and often has medical bills and injuries causing loss of income. However, in any case, it often pays to do some research regarding the history of the vehicle and see if the company involved has a series of complaints regarding its construction, airbags or reliability.
Statistics show that in 2013 there were 30,057 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States. This amounted in a vehicle crash rate of 1.11 deaths per 100,000 miles traveled and 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Annual Global Road Crash Statistics predict, “Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030”. There is no doubt that many of these traffic injuries will be caused by T-bone accidents. association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) Annual Global Road Crash Statistics http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics