T-bone – broadside car accident in Rhode Island and MA

April 17, 2016

Side impact car collisions, commonly referred to as “t-bone” or broadside accidents, are quite common throughout the United States and in the Rhode Island / Massachusetts area. These types of  RI and MA accidents vary in the degree of damage done to vehicles and personal injuries suffered by vehicle occupants. These types of accidents can be deadly, in fact, there are between 8,500 to 10,000 t-bone accident deaths per year.

Broadside car accident

In car accidents between passenger vehicles, over 50$ of deaths from car accidents involved t-bone accidents. T-bone accidents involving trucks and SUVs are especially dangerous. Because of the increase chance of significant injury or death, it is important for drivers to drive defensively and to ensure your vehicle are equipped with the proper protective equipment.

T-bone car accidents may result when vehicles disobey traffic signals and vehicles collide in an intersection. Sometimes weather elements may play a factor, as well as other traffic on the roadway.

T-bone auto crash in RI

For those who have been injured in a t-bone accident or have had a loved one killed in a t-bone collision, you should be aware that there are legal remedies available to compensate for your loss and to hold the other driver responsible. If you believe you are eligible to pursue a claim for damages, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.

In a t-bone accident, if there is evidence that the other driver was negligent, then you may be able to recover money damages. Negligence is a complex legal theory that generally means that a person failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Some examples of behavior that may constitute negligence include:
• Disobeying traffic signals
• Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
• Impaired driving
• Texting while driving
• Failure to yield
• Drowsy driving
• Reckless driving

If you have been involved in a t-bone accident, make sure to receive medical treatment immediately for your injuries. Schedule consistent followup appointments with your doctor to monitor your recovery. Make sure to maintain all medical records and other information you receive about the accident, as this may be important in pursuing a claim for damages.

As soon as possible after the car accident, contact a Rhode island  personal injury attorney. A  RI personal injury attorney can provide you with advice and guidance about your potential claim. They can also help you pursue money damages and a fair settlement.


RI Broadside Crash Lawyer , T-Bone Accident Attorneys in Rhode Island

October 16, 2015

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


Rhode Island and MA T-Bone Car Accident Personal Injury Attorney

May 4, 2014

Rhode Island Side CollisionA Rhode Island or Massachusetts T-bone car, truck or motorcycle crash frequently occurs at an intersection. A “T-bone” accident is a slang term for a broadside or side collision.

There are hundreds of different causes of side impact motor vehicle and truck collisions in RI and Mass. These include:

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING Distracted Accidents are often caused by a distracted motorist negligently texting while driving or utilizing a gps or mobile phone. “The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011” http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html

– A negligent car motorist failing to realize that there is a stop sign or red light at an intersection. (meaning his motor vehicle does not have the right of way.)

– A drunk, stoned or drugged driver who is too intoxicated to properly operate a motor vehicle

– A speeding driver who does not have enough time to apply his brakes causing him to careen into another vehicle at an intersection.

– A motor vehicle or auto operator who makes a judgment error and enters into an intersection at the end of a yellow light and therefore runs a red light.

– A reckless driving motorist who fails to stop at stop signs or runs red lights intentionally.

Sadly, there are many crashes in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and in New Bedford, fall River and Dartmouth Massachusetts involving automobiles or tractor trailers hitting motorcycles or bikes making left hand turns at intersections.

Tragically, many of these mishaps are fatal. These fatal RI bike crashes often lead to wrongful death litigation in Providence Superior Court. If a family member or spouse was killed in a deadly accident, you should immediately speak with a RI wrongful death attorney. Only the estate of the person who was killed in the accident, acting through the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased can pursue wrongful death litigation in Rhode Island.

Top Los Angles Motorcycle accident attorney published an article in which he stated “biker is approaching an intersection or is near an entry to a parking lot of a shopping center and a driver in an automobile turns left in front of the bike, causing the rider to either collide with the car broadside or to lose control of the bike and lay it down while the rider is ejected to the pavement.” http://www.massachusettspersonalinjurylawlawyer.com/why-is-the-left-hand-turn-so-deadly-for-motorcycle-riders-in-ma-and-ca/

According to wikipedia:”Broadside collisions, known as right-angle collisions or T-bone collisions in the United States and Canada, are where the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle, forming the “T”. Vehicle damage and occupant injury are more likely to be severe, but severity varies based on the part of the vehicle that is struck, safety features present, the speeds of both vehicles, and vehicle weight and construction.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_collision

According to Top Indianapolis Car accident Lawyer William Bill Hurst “One of the most common intersection auto crashes involve a vehicle making a left turn at an intersection during a “yellow” light striking an oncoming vehicle. The injuries and damages incurred in these crashes can be catastrophic because of the nature of the “T-bone” impact between the cars involved in the accident.” http://blog.billhurst.com/2014/01/intersection-accidents-happen-left-turns/

It is crucial that an injured motorist, motorcyclist or truck driver retain a Providence Personal Injury Lawyer who has experience litigating T-bone accidents resulting in typical injuries from such crashes: fractures, whiplash, broken bones, cervical injury, Traumatic Brain injury (TBI), concussions and back/neck / leg injury.

“Impacts to the side of a passenger car rank second only to frontal crashes as a source of occupant fatalities and serious injuries. They are especially dangerous when the impact is on the passenger compartment because there are no deep, crushable metal structures between the occupant and the impacting vehicle or object, as there are, for instance, in frontal or rear-end crashes. The door collapses into the passenger compartment and the occupants contact the door at a high relative velocity.”http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Test+Procedures/An+Evaluation+of+Side+Structure+Improvements+in+Response+to+Federal+Motor+Vehicle+Safety+Standard+214

It is especially important that Rhode Island Motorists’ yield to bicyclists and cyclists to avoid a serious bicycle accident. Below you will find the RI law concerning auto drivers yielding the right of way to a bicycle lane.

Bicycle accident right of way:
“§ 31-17-9 Yielding to riders on bicycle lane. – (a) The driver of a vehicle about to cross or to turn left or right across a bicycle lane shall yield the right-of-way to any person operating a bicycle or motorized wheelchair upon the bicycle lane.” http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-17/31-17-9.HTM

“Beginning September 1, 1993, all light trucks (pickup trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles) were required to meet a crush resistance standard for side doors. Data from calendar years 1989 through 2001 of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) were used to determine the effectiveness of changes made by vehicle manufacturers to meet this standard. Effectiveness was determined by comparing changes in the number of fatalities in side impacts relative to those in frontal impacts.” http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/regrev/evaluate/809719.html

Many Providence area and RI truckers and motorists are unaware of the law concerning who has the right of way at an intersection in RI when their are no signs or signals. Here is RI law concerning that issue:

§ 31-17-1 Right-of-way in absence of signs or signals. – (a) The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.

(b) When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right…..

(d) Violations of this section are subject to the fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4, unless bodily injury, serious bodily injury or death occurs to any person other than the offending operator under this section.
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-17/31-17-1.HTM

Article by East Providence RI Car Accident Lawyer, David Slepkow 401-437-1100