Roseville Side Impact Collision Guide

Roseville Side Impact Collision Guide

A Roseville side impact collision, otherwise known as a T-bone or broadside crash, can be one of the most serious types of traffic accidents. Side impact collisions can result in serious injuries to the upper body, abdomen, lower legs and head. Older models of vehicles show a higher rate of fatalities and injuries than many newer vehicles due to the lack of protection for passengers and the driver inside. Let’s look at crashworthiness when it comes to T-bone collisions and how they happen.

Side Impact in a Collision

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit that has been performing crash tests on vehicles for many years. In crash tests performed on the sides of vehicles, many of them are not very well-rated in a side impact crash for a variety of reasons. In some of the crash tests such as with the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat and the Chevy Malibu, the head of the test dummy struck the dashboard after sliding off the airbag, which could result in traumatic head injuries for a human occupant. Others such as the 2018 Toyota Camry and Subaru Legacy and Outback scored high in these tests.

Causes of T-Bone Crashes

There are several common reasons why a Roseville side impact collision could occur. For instance, some accidents of this type might be caused by road defects, defective vehicle parts such as brakes or steering, or malfunctioning traffic signals. The majority are caused by actions taken by the driver that were negligent such as:

Proving Negligence in a T-Bone Accident

When a driver or other occupants in a vehicle have been injured in a Roseville side impact collision, it is necessary to prove negligence caused the accident in order to obtain compensation. One major problem with T-bone crashes is that the initial accident, particularly when it occurs at an intersection, can shove the vehicle into oncoming traffic, resulting in the involvement of other vehicles. However, the driver whose vehicle was struck in the initial collision may not be liable for subsequent accidents unless he or she was partially at fault for the first crash. 

For example, let’s say that the initial crash was partially due to someone entering an intersection just as the light was changing by speeding up to beat the light. In this instance, the driver would be at least partially responsible for the collision. Given the complexity of this situation, an experienced car accident lawyer can help by investigating the crash and proving who was at fault by showing the order the vehicles collided and positions they were in by using accident reconstruction and other investigative techniques.

Roseville Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville car accident lawyer. When facing high medical bills, the time you have to take off work to heal and the pain and suffering experienced by an accident injury, it can add financial instability to the stress you are already experiencing. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another person, you may be able to recover the financial losses associated with the crash. I can offer you my compassionate, free and friendly advice when you call me at (916) 921-6400 in the Roseville area. I also offer a long-distance line that is free at (800) 404-5400 and a contact form located on my website,

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