A T-bone crash, also known as a side-impact collision, happens when one vehicle collides with another vehicle’s side head-on. These crashes have the potential to be extremely dangerous and damaging depending on where the vehicles hit, where the victims are inside the vehicles and the speeds at which the automobiles are traveling when they make contact.
Even though many vehicles now have side airbags and other features to help prevent injuries in side-impact crashes, the reality is that this is the part of the vehicle with the least structural support and least ability to absorb the impact before passing the force onto the occupants. There is less space between the occupants and the impacting force, as well.
What can you do to avoid a T-bone crash?
To avoid injury, the best thing you can do is take a proactive stance in preventing T-bone crashes. Here are three tips to help.
- Be cautious at intersections
Side-impact crashes usually happen at intersections. As such, it’s important to approach intersections with caution. Remember, even if you have a green light, another person may not stop at their red light. Look both ways and slow down or stop if you believe that another driver is going to run a red light.
- Fully stop at stop signs
Another excellent tip is to completely stop at stop signs. It can be easy to complete a rolling stop and continue on at a stop sign, but if you do that, you don’t really take the time to look both directions and to make sure others are not going to enter the intersection at the same time. A full stop makes sure you only move forward when it’s safe.
- Slow down – and don’t run a yellow light
Finally, slow down. Slower speeds make it easier for you to look around and see your surroundings clearly. If you approach an intersection with a yellow light, stop whenever possible. Running a yellow light creates a high risk of a side-impact crash from drivers trying to turn or those starting off when their lights turn green.
These tips will help you avoid a crash. If you’re impacted by another driver running a red light or failing to stop at an intersection, remember that they can be held liable.