When a t-bone crash involving a semi-truck and passenger car occurs, it is often the result of the truck driver failing to yield the right of way to the other motor vehicle. Unfortunately, semi-truck t-bone accidents in Georgia occur far too often for a multitude of reasons, including driving drowsy, distracted, intoxicated, careless, or negligent.
What Is a T-bone Accident?
A T-bone accident, also known as side-impact or broadside collision, occurs when one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle, which typically takes place at an intersection. With many lanes, vehicles, and cars turning left, right, or traveling straight, the chance of a car being t-boned at an intersection is great.
There are a number of ways in which a t-bone accident in Georgia involving a semi-truck could occur, including:
- Truck t-boned a car after truck driver ran a stop sign
- Semi t-boned a vehicle after trucker ran a red traffic light
- Tractor-trailer operator failed to notice or follow the yield sign and t-boned a car
- Truck driver made a turn into a car when he should have yielded the right of way
- Semi driver did not yield the right of way at an uncontrolled intersection when he should have
Semi-truck t-bone accidents commonly occur at intersections—controlled and uncontrolled intersections—where truck drivers oftentimes run a stop sign or traffic light, fail to see a car, or fail to yield the right of way. Unfortunately, when side-impact accidents in Georgia occur involving a heavier vehicle like a semi, serious injuries could be the result.
Sadly, side-impact crashes result in a high rate of fatalities due to the minimal protection the side of a vehicle provides. This is especially the case if a large commercial vehicle t-bones a car. Those most often killed in t-bone crashes are the ones seated on the side of the vehicle that was struck, as they absorb the most amount of energy, and their heads are often thrown against the door frame of the vehicle.
If the victim makes it out of a t-bone truck crash alive, he or she most likely suffered serious injuries, such as:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Herniated disc injuries
- Kneecap injuries
- Dislocated shoulder
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
If you were seriously injured or if your loved one was killed in a t-bone accident or any type of Georgia truck accident, the Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to assist you and make sure you receive justice and just compensation. Call a qualified Peachtree City truck accident attorney to find out about your rights in a free consultation at (770) 487-8999.