Broadside Car Accidents
Some of the most serious and deadly motor vehicle accident cases we handle in Baltimore County and beyond involve broadside crashes. A broadside automobile accident, also known as a side impact or T-bone crash, usually occurs at an intersection. These crashes can happen at a busy Baltimore City intersection, in a suburban Maryland neighborhood, or on any of Maryland's heavily travelled, winding back roads.
A broadside motor vehicle crash typically occurs between two vehicles an intersection, with one car hitting the other "broad side" or at a right angle, often with disastrous results. This potentially deadly scenario may occur at a four-way intersection with a traffic light or stop sign -- when one vehicle drives through the intersection and another collides with him or her broadside on the driver or passenger side. Side impact crashes may seriously injure or kill the driver and/or passengers in the victim's car, due to the speed, severity and directness of the impact.
The Baltimore County, Maryland auto accident attorneys at Butschky & Butschky, LLC have more than two decades of experience helping motor vehicle crash victims in broadside / side impact accident cases. We will work with the insurance companies and the other driver's attorneys to represent your best interests. Our job is to relieve you of the burden of filing your insurance claim and handling all the paperwork and legal matters.
If you or a family member has been injured, or a loved one has been killed in a Maryland broadside traffic accident, please Contact Us for a free consultation. Call us toll-free at 1-800-722-6616.
Causes of Side Impact and Intersection Traffic Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 33,808 people were killed and 2,217,000 injured in U.S. traffic accidents in 2009. Of those…
- Collision with another motor vehicle in transport was the most common first harmful event for fatal, injury, and property-damage-only crashes.
- Two-vehicle accidents represent about one-third of all fatal crashes in the nation.
- The top two factors in two-vehicle crashes are traffic controls, such as stop signs and traffic lights, and roadway characteristics, such as roadway alignment or surface type.
- Stop signs are a factor in more than 50 percent of fatal traffic crashes.
(Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FARS Database, Dec. 2009; NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts National, 2009.)
Sadly, traffic controls such as stop signs and red lights aren't always enough to stop a driver from causing a broadside intersection accident. Drunk driving, distracted driving (including talking on cell phones and texting while driving), drowsy driving, speeding, and other factors may lead up to a car, SUV, truck or motorcycle running a red light or through a stop sign -- causing a serious broadside crash with injury or death in Maryland.
Maryland traffic accident injury or wrongful death cases can get very complicated, very quickly. We encourage victims to secure our legal representation right away, so we can begin the process of filing insurance claims promptly and properly. Broadside motor vehicle crashes in Maryland may also involve traffic citations and/or criminal charges (e.g., if the responsible driver is charged with drunk driving or distracted driving), as well as civil lawsuits filed on the victims' behalf. This is why we urge you not to go it alone!
To ensure the best outcome, please contact a caring Maryland auto accident injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Butschky & Butschky, LLC today. You may be entitled to compensation and damages, which can help with medical bills, lost wages, and to relieve your pain and suffering.
Please contact our offices in Sparks, Maryland at (410) 472-3651, in Baltimore at (410) 625-1110, or call us toll free at (800) 722-6616. We serve Baltimore City and all of Baltimore County, including Hunt Valley, Towson, Essex, and Sparks; as well as Carroll County; Harford County, including Bel Air; and Cecil County, Maryland. Please visit our Locations page for an office location convenient to you. We look forward to discussing your case.