For many Texans, there’s nothing better than a T-bone, unless you’re referring to a T-bone truck accident. Although T-bone steaks are quite delicious, T-bone truck accidents are extremely perilous—and often deadly. Also called side-impact crashes, T-bone crashes occur when a vehicle collides head-on into the side of another vehicle. Such accidents are already dangerous, but when you throw a tractor-trailer in the mix, they can be fatal.
The most common injuries that occur as a result of these crashes include head and brain trauma; neck, torso, and chest injuries; and skull and pelvic fractures. Although accident prevention is the only sure-fire way to stop these injuries from occurring, a well-designed vehicle that is packed with the appropriate safety features could keep you unharmed.
Protection That Can Save You
Your chances of surviving a T-bone truck accident increase when your vehicle is equipped with:
- Structural soundness. A vehicle that features a solid, well-built frame is your first defense against the front end of a tractor-trailer. Vehicles that are built with structural soundness are better able to withstand heavy hits from cars and trucks far better than those that are not. Typically, cars that are heavier usually offer more protection than those in the light-weight category.
- Side-curtain airbags. Such a safety feature can save your head, neck, and face from terminal injuries if your car is involved in a side-impact collision. Vehicles made in 2009 and after typically feature these types of airbags.
- Torso airbags. Your chest is extremely vulnerable when in a T-bone accident. The impact can crush the delicate bones in the chest, which can cause major damage. Torso airbags offer a layer of protection when involved in such a collision.
We Can Help
Although a vehicle can provide some protection from collision injuries, it can’t prevent an accident from occurring. Contact the attorneys of Wayne Wright to find out how we may be able to help you with your accident, just as we’ve helped many victims in the Austin area. We can visit you no matter where you are, at any time of the day or night.