T-bone vehicle collisions—when one vehicle’s front end hits the side of another vehicle—can result in severe injuries and even death. If you’re involved in a T-bone accident, make sure that you and your passengers seek medical help immediately. Internal damage and injuries like whiplash may not be immediately obvious.
Here are the most common injuries after a T-bone accident:
- Whiplash and neck injuries: The force of a T-bone collision may cause the head to jerk back and forth or side-to-side suddenly. This can lead to whiplash and related injuries to the spinal cord and ligaments, resulting in neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness and potential long-term complications if left untreated.
- Head and brain injuries: Side impacts may cause a driver or passenger’s head to strike the windows or door, possibly resulting in a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s important to follow up with your doctor if you experience confusion, headaches, memory loss or dizziness. TBIs can lead to long-term cognitive impairments.
- Chest and abdominal injuries: Blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen often results in rib fractures, which can cause difficulty breathing, and internal damage to organs like the liver, spleen and kidneys. Internal organ damage is very serious and requires immediate medical attention.
- Spinal cord injuries: The force of the impact can cause spinal fractures or compression, potentially leading to partial or complete paralysis.
- Pelvic and lower extremity injuries: Some collisions cause hip fractures or dislocations, as well as leg and knee fractures, sprains and torn ligaments. These conditions often require surgery.
- Emotional trauma: Serious car accidents often lead to depression, mood swings, anxiety around being in a vehicle and even PTSD.
If you’ve been injured in a T-bone car accident as a result of someone’s negligence or recklessness, the skilled Sarasota, FL accident attorneys at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh can help. Call today for more information.