T-bone or broadside crashes are some of the most deadly crash types there are, and rural drivers are more likely to get into serious injury accidents according to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study says that while only 42 percent of drivers live in rural areas, the fatality rate is almost double that in urban areas.
One of the reasons for this is the T-bone accident. A T-bone crash occurs when a car hits another one in the side at a 90-degree angle. In rural areas, this usually happens at highway intersection where the only traffic control is a stop sign.
T-Bone Accident Leaves Four Injured in McCracken County
Four people, two drivers and two passengers, were injured when one of the cars blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Rickman Road and Old US Highway 60 west of Paducah and struck another car in its side. The accident happened on Sunday, May 10, 2020, and the impact of the crash pushed the car off the road where it hit a parked ban and then went into a ditch.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office said that the injuries were moderate and included scrapes to broken bones. All are expected to make a full recovery.
Rural Driving and T-Bone Accidents
The vast majority of T-bone accidents happen at intersections where driver fails to yield to the right-of-way of the other vehicle. In other words, one car runs a stop sign or red light and hits another car in the side.
According to a report from the Federal Highway Administration, around 20 percent of all traffic fatalities happen at intersections, and around 80 percent of all rural intersection fatalities happen at unsignalized intersections. These accidents have a higher risk of serious injuries of fatalities than other types of crashes.
T-Bone Crash Injuries
One of the common attributes of a rural T-bone collision is the high-speed of the vehicles. Because of this, the impact is greater and the damages and injuries can be significant. Because of the side-impact, where the car is most vulnerable, the victims are often tossed around inside the car violently which leads to significant injuries.
Contact a Kentucky Accident Injury Attorney Today.
After any side impact or T-Bone accident in McCracken County, or anywhere else in Kentucky which involves a serious injury, you should always speak to an attorney and get a free consultation. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field. Talk to someone you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.