T-bone Style Collisions between Commercial Trucks and Passenger Vehicles

When it comes to the randomness of roadway accidents, fate on Maryland’s beltways, interstates and city streets hardly discriminates in terms of severe and fatal injuries. Motorists, passengers, pedestrians and bicycle riders each can suffer greatly when circumstances are tragically turned against them. As experienced personal injury attorneys, the legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, is all too familiar with the serious and often life-threatening car, truck and motorcycle collisions that take place every week in our state, as well as the District of Columbia. Of the many different types of road accidents, some of the most deadly can be the so-called “broadside” or T-bone collisions.

As legal experts in the area of commercial trucking accidents, our staff knows that the injuries produced by such violent traffic wrecks, especially when a passenger car is hit by a much larger and more massive commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can be extensive and frequently life-altering. Large over-the-road trucks, such as 18-wheelers and semi tractor-trailer rigs, pose a great risk when it comes to the potential severity of a side-impact crash, but other CMVs -- such as box-type delivery vehicles, garbage trucks, dump trucks and other large construction vehicles, as well as city buses and motor coaches -- can take a terrible toll on the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles.

There is no doubt that T-bone collisions of all kinds happen all around the state of Maryland each month, with a high preponderance of those crashes occurring at busy highway crossings and rural intersections. While these kinds of motor vehicle crashes typically happen between two mostly equal-sized passenger vehicles, when a large commercial truck hits a smaller sedan or minivan from the side, the injuries that result can be enough to place a victim in the hospital for weeks or months -- some individuals may become partially paralyzed or require nursing assistance for the rest of their lives.

As personal injury attorneys, the legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen knows that the more deadly of these traffic accident scenarios involve right-angle wrecks at four-way intersections, which are often controlled by a stop sign or traffic light. Whether such incidents occur in the Rockville area, over in Gaithersburg, near Annapolis or in the District, the outcome can be quite serious.

Side-impact traffic collisions can often take place when a driver either overlooks or otherwise ignores a traffic control signal. When a large CMV “blows” a stop sign the resulting broadside impact will likely cause an injury or death, depending on the speed of the collision and other factors. But regardless of the reason, if the vehicle whose driver ignores a stop signal is a massive vehicle such as a tractor-trailer rig, city bus or motor coach, the results are often tragic if the victims’ vehicle is a diminutive economy car, motorcycle or minivan full of children.

As we have said previously, serious injuries can and often do result from a side-impact or T-bone crash. Even though many newer vehicles come equipped with side-impact airbags and other passenger protection devices, the significant lateral displacement of a passenger vehicle when hit at medium to high-speeds by a commercial truck can still lead to head, neck and spinal cord injuries. As legal professionals, our job is to collect all the facts about the injury-related accident, including police reports and eyewitness accounts, then prepare a case with the full intent of going to trial.

As Baltimore trucking accident lawyers, Lebowitz & Mzhen encourages victims of car, truck or motorcycle accidents to consult with a qualified legal expert if they believe that negligence was involved. Since broadside-type car and commercial trucking wrecks often involve the negligent driver receiving a traffic citation or being charged with a criminal offense, contacting a qualified attorney to discuss one’s legal options is always a wise idea.

As the victim of another individual’s carelessness or outright negligence, there is no reason to go it alone when your health or the financial future of your family is at stake. Receiving due compensation for your injuries is important when facing mounting hospital and doctor bills following a traffic accident that was not your fault. Whether your case involves compensation for medical expenses, costs for physical rehabilitation, lost wages, or pain and suffering, the legal staff at Lebowitz & Mzhen is ready to assist you and your family. Contact us today at (800) 654-1949 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Or, email Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen to arrange a meeting to discuss your particulars.