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Staten Island Side Impact Crash: Common Injuries from T-Bone Car Accident

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

A side impact car accident, or also commonly known as a T-bone car accident, occurs when a car is hit by another car on the side similar to the appearance of a "T". Side impact car accidents can occur to the front passenger side, back passenger side, front driver side, or back driver side. Because of the location of impact during a side impact crash the driver and passengers occupying the car are at great danger for injury regardless of the use of a seat belt. While a seat belt most definitely does minimize injuries in a car accident by keeping your body stationary it does not help avoid the major injuries associated with side impact crashes.

Many drivers and passengers involved in a car accident where the impact is on the side of the car suffer injuries all over their body and it really depends on where the exact impact was and how high or how low the vehicle was hit compared to your body. Some common injuries from a side impact car accident are:

  • Leg injury from a side impact car accident -  When the impact occurs near the bottom of the door the door can get crushed and cave in towards your body causing the impact to reach your leg causing lacerations and broken or crushed bones in the leg.
  • Hip injury from a side impact car accident  - When the impact occurs near the mid-bottom of the door the door the impact can reach your hip causing a broken hip, displaced hip or crushed hip.
  • Rib injury from a side impact car accident - When the impact occurs at the middle of the car door it can cause the car to crumble in towards your body. If the area where the impact occurs at is in the middle of the door the injuries may result in broken ribs or crushed ribs. 
  • Arm injury from a side impact car accident - When the impact occurs at the middle of the car, depending on where your arm is at the time of the accident, the car door may get crushed in and cause impact to your arm which can result in a broken arm, severe lacerations on the arm, or even a severed arm.
  • Shoulder injury from a side impact car accident - Impact on the a car can cause impact to the shoulder directly or from being thrown into the door. Common injuries to the shoulder in a side impact car accident include shoulder muscle tears, a dislocated shoulder, broken shoulder bones, a crushed shoulder or severe lacerations to the shoulder.
  • Back injury from a side impact car accident - Impact on the side of a car can cause the back to suffer many different types of injuries from a sprained back to a broken back to a pinched nerve in the back or a slipped disc.
  • Neck injury from a side impact car accident - When impact occurs to the side of the car regardless of the position on the door a neck injury can potentially occur often times just from the neck moving quickly from one side to the next. Injuries such as whiplash, a strained neck, sprained neck, or broken neck are common.
  • Ear injury from a side impact car accident - Often times when impact occurs on the side of a car and the car is equipped with side airbags the airbags will deploy. Depending on the position your head is in at the time of the crash the airbag may hit the ear causing tinnitus (ringing in the ears), loss of hearing or distortion of sounds which may be caused by a cochlear concussion. Depending on the severity of the impact from the crash and the airbag deploying it may cause permanent ear injuries.
  • Head injury from a side impact car accident - A head injury can occur for many reasons in a side impact car accident such as because of direct impact with the side door glass, an airbag abruptly deploying and hitting your head or from the impacting car causing the door to crush and hit your head.

All of the above listed injuries are serious injuries and may allow you to be entitled to compensation through the at-fault driver's insurance company. For additional information on side impact car accidents in Staten Island contact Frank J. Dito Jr. to discuss compensation amounts and your rights as an injured driver or passenger in New York. Call 718-701-2776 for a free consultation.