When it comes to automobile accidents, those that involve side impacts can be particularly devastating. These collisions, often called T-bone accidents, transpire when one vehicle crashes into the side of another.
They are known for causing a range of injuries because of the limited protection on the sides of vehicles. Here are the three common types of injuries resulting from side-impact accidents.
Head injuries are among the most common and severe that can result from side-impact accidents. When a vehicle is struck from the side, there is often a sudden and forceful jolt. This can cause the head to move rapidly, leading to concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and even skull fractures.
Airbags can provide some protection but may not fully prevent head injuries. It’s important to ensure that you and your passengers have seatbelts on and that children are properly secured in appropriate car seats.
Neck and spine injuries
The sudden lateral force in side-impact accidents can also result in neck and spine injuries. Whiplash, which a common injury in these situations, happens when the head is forced forward and backward rapidly.
This can strain the neck muscles and damage the cervical spine. In more severe cases, herniated discs or even paralysis can result. Proper headrest adjustment and seatbelt use can reduce the risk of whiplash and other neck and spine injuries.
Chest injuries are another significant concern in side-impact accidents. The impact can push the chest to the steering wheel, dashboard or side door. This can lead to broken ribs, internal injuries and damage to internal organs like the heart and lungs. Side airbags minimize the risk of chest injuries, so it helps if your vehicle is equipped with them.
While you can’t always prevent accidents, you can consult a seasoned professional to help ensure that you receive the compensation you’re owed for your injuries.