There are all kinds of crashes that people get into and wish they had been able to prevent. As a victim of another driver’s negligent actions, you should know that it was not your responsibility to act more safely. That being said, there may be some things you can do in the future to help reduce the risk of a crash with a dangerous driver.
T-bone crashes, in particular, are crashes that you may be able to prevent even if another person makes a mistake that could cause one. These crashes usually happen in intersections but can be avoided if everyone pays close attention to what’s happening around them.
What can you do to minimize the risk of a T-bone crash?
One of the best things you can do to minimize the likelihood that you’ll end up in a side collision is to always double check before entering an intersection. It is particularly common to see these crashes when the lights have just switched, so slowing down as you approach the intersection, double checking the light is green for you and looking both ways could help you protect yourself.
Why do crashes happen in intersections?
Sometimes, crashes happen because drivers aren’t paying attention. They might look up and see that the light is green or try to speed through a yellow light not realizing that the light has turned red. Depending on the way the intersection’s timing works, there may be only milliseconds between when a light turns red for other drivers and when it turns green for you. Since there is not much of a delay, it is possible that someone could think they’re going to run a yellow light but actually run a red light. If you start off right away when the light turns green, then you could end up getting hit despite being allowed to move forward.
A good way to prevent intersection crashes that happen when the lights have just turned is to avoid going right away. Wait one or two seconds after the light has turned green, look both ways and slowly enter the intersection.
Crashes can still happen even when you put forth your best effort to prevent them. If you do get into a crash, remember that you can pursue a claim against the at-fault driver and seek fair compensation.