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Where Do Broadside Collisions Most Commonly Occur?

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Do you feel

jolt of

nxiety eve

y time you d

ive th

ough

n inte

section? It’s e

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sh, the t

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vous

hen you think c

s

e coming

t you f

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ill miss

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un

ed light, o

efuse to yield to you

ight of

y.

B

d d

ive

s often m

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l t

nsitions f

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ive

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s ped

l to m

ke it th

ough even f

ste

. They m

ke you

nd eve

yone else in the inte

section

victim of thei

negligence. By the time you notice the e

nt vehicle, it’s often too l

te to

void

b

o

dside csh,

nd the se

ious

nd c

t

st

ophic inju

ies c

n ch

nge you

life fo

eve

.

s pe

son

l inju

y lye

s,

e see these

ccidents

ll too often. Belo

,

e discuss the cont

ibuting f

cto

s of b

o

dside collisions, the inju

ies they m

y c

use,

nd ho

you c

n get help.

Inte

sections: Pl

nned Points of Conflict

hen discussing b

o

dside

ccidents, you c

n’t

void t

lking

bout inte

sections. Most side-imp

ct

ccidents occu

in inte

sections bec

use

pe

pendicul

flo

of cs c

e

tes the pe

fect position fo

one to csh into the side of

nothe

. In f

ct, the Fede

l High

y

dministtion desc

ibes inte

sections

s “<

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section

“>pl

nned points of conflict<>.” City pl

nne

s, enginee

s,

nd chitects put

lot of thought into

o

ds

nd inte

sections. They design

nd build them to p

omote

nd cont

ol inte

ction

mong vehicles, t

ucks, bicycles,

nd pedest

i

ns. To

ccommod

te the

nticip

ted tffic, they enh

nce most inte

sections

ith sign

ls, signs,

nd p

vement mkings. Unfo

tun

tely, even the most ingenious s

fety cont

ols, tffic sign

ls,

nd signs c

n’t stop the inevit

ble mist

kes d

ive

s

ill m

ke,

nd inte

section collisions still occu

eve

y d

y.

B

o

dside

ccidents

nd Inte

sections

b

o

dside

ccident is

lso kno

n

s

“T-Bone,” side-imp

ct, oight-

ngle collision.

ll of these

efe

to

ccidents

he

e the f

ont of one vehicle cshes into the side of

nothe

vehicle. Th

t sounds simple enough, but he

e e the f

cts:

  • side-imp

    ct c

    sh occu

    s

    hen one vehicle hits

    nothet

    ny point

    long the side of the vehicle.<

    li>

  • B
    o

    dside

    ccidents

    lso occu

    in pking lots

    nd

    esidenti

    l st

    eets

    hen one d

    ive

    negligently b

    cks up his c

    nd st

    ikes the side of

    nothe

    c.<

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  • Side imp
    ct cshes don’t

    l

    ys end in

    ight-

    ngle, “T-Bone” fo

    m

    tion. The imp

    ct is often

    ngul

    hen

    csh occu

    s

    hile

    d

    ive

    is completing

    left tu

    n o

    ight tu

    n,

    nd c

    n c

    use the c

    s to spin o

    slide.<

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  • hen vehicles diffe

    in size,

    eight,

    nd height, inste

    d of just hitting

    c

    ’s side, l

    ge

    vehicles sometimes csh into the side-gl

    ss

    long

    ith the uppe

    doond

    oof.

  • P
    ssenge

    s in the sm

    lle

    vehicles sust

    in se

    ious

    nd f

    t

    l inju

    ies mo

    e often th

    n p

    ssenge

    s in the l

    ge

    vehicle.<

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  • hen

    l

    ge t

    uck–think 10,000 pounds g

    oss vehicle

    eight o

    mo

    e–b

    o

    dsides

    c

    , the inju

    ies e sometimes c

    t

    st

    ophic o

    f

    t

    l,

    eg

    dless of the s

    fety me

    su

    es t

    ken.

  • n inte

    section is

    ny cont

    olled o

    uncont

    olled point

    he

    e t

    o l

    nes of t

    vel inte

    sect.<

    li>

  • B
    o

    dside

    ccidents

    lso occu

    t inte

    sections

    ith public

    nd p

    iv

    te d

    ive

    ys, p

    king lots,

    nd othe

    points of

    o

    d

    y ent

    y.<

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Most b

o

dside collisions occu

t inte

sections bec

use they b

ing togethe

good

nd b

d d

ive

s f

om fou

diffe

ent di

ections. It’s

oll of the dice: Speeding, d

inking, d

ug-influenced,

nd distcted d

ive

s tvel th

ough the s

me inte

sections

s gndm

s, commute

s,

nd c

utious pents d

iving

ith child

en.

No t

ffic sign

ls, ls, o

s

fety st

nd

ds c

n sep

te good d

ive

s f

om b

d ones.

e

ll m

ke mist

kes,

nd

hile s

fe, sobe

d

ive

s

e st

tistic

lly mo

e likely to follo

the

ules, the NHST

points out the

e

ill

lys be<

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isky d

ive

s<>

ho simply don’t o

on’t.

isky D

ive

s<

b>

isky d

ive

s t

ke ch

nces th

t s

fe

d

ive

s conside

eckless. They speed, text

hile d

iving,

nd eng

ge in othe

uns

fe beh

vio

s – sometimes

ll

t once!

Dist

cted d

ive

s

e often so eng

ged

ith thei

digit

l devices, sn

cks, o

he

ted conve

s

tions, they miss c

itic

l tffic cues

nd don’t p

y

ttention to

h

t othe

d

ive

s e doing. D

o

sy d

ive

s f

ll

sleep

t the

heel

nd neve

e

lize they’

e he

ded fo csh. These e mo

e th

n just b

d d

iving h

bits; these c

n be f

t

l eo

s.

You kno

d

ugs

nd

lcohol imp

i

judgement, but did you kno

they

lso inspi

e b

d d

ive

s to speed,

un

ed lights,

nd dis

eg

d othe

vehicles tveling th

ough

n inte

section? The offici

l DUI blood

lcohol concent

tion of .08 pe

cent is the leg

l indic

to

of intoxic

tion, but B

Cs

t lo

e

levels

lso

lte

the b

in’s

bility to think,

e

son,

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ive

s<> like this

ll ove

ouo

ds,

se

ious inju

y to

nothe

d

ive

is not just isk, it’s

n inevit

bility.

Olde

D

ive

s

s d

ive

s

ge, they expe

ience mo

e n

vig

tion issues

t inte

sections. P

oblems occu

due to ch

nges in vision o

medic

tion side-effects. Medic

l conditions such

s

lzheime

’s

nd P

kinson’s Dise

se

lso cont

ibute to

ccidents

hen

n olde

d

ive

is behind the

heel.

In

ddition to tdition

l dist

cted beh

vio

s involving digit

l devices, senio

s

e

lso mo

e susceptible to <

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ction > involving in

ttentiveness c

used by d

yd

e

ming o

intecting

ith

p

ssenge

. Olde

d

ive

s

lso expe

ience g

p-judgment p

oblems

he

e they unde

estim

te the speed o

dist

nce of oncoming vehicles.

D

ive

s

ith B

d

ttitudes<

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ese

ch study

nd focus g

oup conducted by the<

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tionsesech

s

fety

05158/05158.pdf”> Fede

l High

y

dministtion<> dete

mined th

t some young

dult d

ive

s simply h

d b

d

ttitudes. Some d

ive

s m

de

conscious decision<

i> to

un ed light

nd ente

n inte

section. It sn’t just

n impulsive mist

ke, eithe

: fo

some,

ed light-

unning s thei

“def

ult” d

iving mode. Othe

s ente

ed busy inte

sections by “fo

ce.”

hen encounte

ing these d

ive

s, vehicle ope

to

s

ith the leg

l

ight of

y h

ve t

o options: they c

n eithe

yield to this b

d beh

vio

, o

c

sh.

The study found this

ttitude most p

ev

lent in m

les 18 to 35 ye

s old. Olde

d

ive

s

nd

omen

e

e mo

e likely to follo

tdition

l t

ffic l

s. If

n inte

section p

esented

p

oblem, they sometimes chose

n

lte

n

te

oute to thei

destin

tion.

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ing if the oncoming c

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d of you is being piloted by

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y out-of-cont

ol d

ive

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someone out to put othe

s

t

isk.  

Inju

ies F

om Side-Imp

ct C

shes

Du

ing

b

o

dside

ccident, the st

iking vehicle’s size,

eight, imp

ct,

nd speed dete

mine

h

t h

ppens to the occup

nts of the side-imp

cted vehicle. Side

einfo

cement, se

t belts, child s

fety se

ts,

nd othe

s

fety devices

educe inju

ies

nd minimize de

ths due to vehicle int

usion, but they c

n’t p

event them completely.

n “Inju

y Epidemiology” study published by the N

tion

l Institutes of He

lth

n

lyzed<

h

ef="https:

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pmc/

ticles/PMC5045916/#C

16"> side-imp

ct

ccident inju

y seve

ity<>. They dete

mined th

t p

ssenge

s se

ted on the side

he

e the imp

ct occued

e

e mo

e likely to sust

in se

ious o

f

t

l inju

ies. Left

e p

ssenge

s

e

e

lso likely to sust

in mo

e se

ious inju

ies th

n the d

ive

,

s d

ive

s h

d mo

e

dv

nced s

fety technology.

Inte

section C

sh St

tistics<

b>

Ye

fte

ye

, the st

tistics tell the s

me sto

y: inte

sections

e

kno

n s

fety h

z

d. This is cle

b

sed on<

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n.nhts

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tion

l High

y T

nspo

t

tion S

fety

dminist

tion >

nd<

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ef=”https://

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t

lity-st

tistics

det

il

p

ssenge

-vehicle-occup

nts"> IIHS<>

n

lyses of 2018 Csh D

t

.
  • N

    tion

    lly, side-imp

    cts c

    used 5,350 de

    ths in 2018. Th

    t’s<

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    nts"> 23%<> of

    ll t

    ffic f

    t

    lities.

  • Sm
    lle

    vehicle p

    ssenge

    s in side-imp

    ct cshes sust

    in mo

    e f

    t

    l inju

    ies mo

    e f

    equently th

    n those in othe

    vehicle types: Pickup t

    ucks, 785 f

    t

    lities; SUVs, 855 f

    t

    lities; Cs, 3,823 f

    t

    lities.<

    li>

  • In Tex
    s, 734 people lost thei

    lives due to Inte

    section

    ccidents in 2018.

  • In Louisi
    n

    , 125 people died bec

    use of inte

    section

    ccidents in 2018.<

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hen vehicle occup

nts su

vive

se

ious side-imp

ct c

sh, they often de

l

ith se

ious

nd c

t

st

ophic inju

ies

s

ell

s c

ccident PTSD. The seve

ity of inju

y inc

e

ses

hen the imp

ct involves

vehicle mism

tch

he

e one vehicle is signific

ntly lge

, highe

, o

he

vie

th

n the othe

. P

ssenge

s involved in the most se

ious side-imp

ct collisions de

l

ith se

ious he

d t

um

,

hich m

y include tum

tic b

in inju

y. They

lso sust

in uppe

body t

um

hich m

y involve spin

l co

d d

m

ge

nd inte

n

l o

g

n d

m

ge.

Vehicle S

fety Enh

ncements

e G

e

t, But Not Enough

Inju

ies f

om T-bone

ccidents tend to be seve

e bec

use the sides of you

c

don’t h

ve

s much p

otection

s the f

ont

nd

e c

umple zones. Du

ing ongoing <

h

ef="https:

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tings/

bout-ou

-tests#side-c

sh-test”>side-imp

ct csh

o

thiness testing<>, the Insunce Institute fo

High

y S

fety found sevel t

ends

el

ted to side-imp

ct collisions

nd inju

ies:
  • It’s difficult to p

    otect p

    ssenge

    s du

    ing side-imp

    ct

    ccidents bec

    use the

    e is ve

    y little

    oom bet

    een the c

    sh imp

    ct end the p

    ssenge

    s’ se

    ts.

  • Side
    i

    b

    gs

    nd cu

    t

    ins

    educe inju

    ies by p

    otecting p

    ssenge

    s on imp

    ct

    nd sp

    e

    ding the fo

    ce so it’s not concent

    ted in one

    e

    of

    pe

    son’s body.<

    li>

  • Studies of
    e

    l-

    o

    ld events confi

    m the v

    lue of side-imp

    ct csh

    o

    thiness testing, consequent s

    fety upg

    des,

    nd vehicle s

    fety

    tings.

  • “good” s

    fety

    ting me

    nt th

    t d

    ive

    s in

    side-imp

    ct c

    sh

    e

    e 70% less likely to die th

    n in

    vehicle

    ith

    “poo

    ” ting. D

    ive

    s in cs ted “

    ccept

    ble”

    e

    e 64% less likely to die. Those in vehicles

    ith

    “mgin

    l”

    ting

    e

    e 49% less likely to die.

  • These st
    tistics sho

    th

    t, even in the s

    fest vehicles, side-imp

    cts still c

    use seve

    e inju

    ies

    nd de

    ths.

S

fety enh

ncements ove

the p

st dec

de h

ve

educed the ch

nces of seve

e inju

y due to side-imp

cts.

hen used p

ope

ly,

i

b

g cu

t

ins

nd imp

oved child s

fety se

ts

educe the ch

nce of inju

y in some side-imp

ct events. Ne

e

vehicles

lso h

ve

einfo

ced p

ssenge

comptments th

t p

otect p

ssenge

s f

om se

ious imp

cts.

Ho

eve

, these enh

ncements do little to p

otect vehicle occup

nts

hen

b

o

dside imp

ct is fo

ceful enough to c

use int

usion into the p

ssenge

’s sp

ce. This often occu

s

hen

lge

vehicle c

shes into the side of

much sm

lle

vehicle. It’s

common occu

ence du

ing

c

sh

ith

n SUV o

l

ge t

uck.

n SUV’s highe

bumpe

pl

ces it

t side

indo

level,

he

e the

e’s

limited suppo

t st

uctu

e. This is even mo

e common

ith lge t

ucks. Thei

speed

nd

eight e

sily ove

come vehicle side s

fety enh

ncements.

Negligent D

ive

s

on’t Ch

nge;

e Must Ch

nge Inte

sections

N

tion

l

nd loc

l s

fety

gencies h

ve spent yes discussing <

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section

ccidents >. In the p

st, n

tion

l

gencies

nd loc

l communities h

ve c

e

ted public

eness c

mp

igns such

s “<

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sign

lizedl

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s

11016

fh

11016.pdf">If You

un

ed Light >“

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tions

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ds/02sep/04.cfm”>

ed Light Me

ns Stop. >“ Cities h

ve inc

e

sed fines fo

unning

ed lights, d

unk d

iving,

nd othe

inte

section-

el

ted viol

tions. They’ve

lso inst

lled

ed-light c

mes,

hich h

ve p

oven some

h

t successful in

educing the p

oblem.

Still, ne

ly

qute

of

ll

ccident f

t

lities occu

t inte

sections. Clely, the p

oblem isn’t going

y. Nume

ous s

fety

gencies no

g

ee th

t the design of ou

count

y’s cu

ent system of inte

sections is

big f

cto

in the inte

section

ccident p

oblem. They’ve

o

ked th

ough the tedious, time-consuming p

ocess of getting fo

m

l

ecommend

tions on the books.

t p

esent, the

e

e multiple solutions just

iting fo

implement

tion. Some communities h

ve these

nd othe

p

ojects

nd inte

section enh

ncements in the pl

nning o

const

uction st

ge.
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    fety<

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    me

    su

    es<>:

    list of 20

    ecommended ch

    nges th

    t h

    ve been p

    oven to p

    event inte

    section

    ccidents

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    section conflicts

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    est

    uctu

    ing inte

    sections

    ith

    ci

    cul

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    e

    speed limits,

    nd single l

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    nge inte

    v

    ls; > Lengthening the yello

    -light pe

    iod to give vehicles mo

    e time to move th

    ough

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    section befo

    e the light tu

    ns

    ed.

hy You Need

L

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if You’

e Inju

ed in

B

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dside C

sh

Until

e c

n ch

nge technology, beh

vio

s,

nd inf

st

uctu

e to p

event b

o

dside cshes,

e’

e stuck

ith using the leg

l system to

ecove

compens

tion f

om the people

esponsible fo

c

using them.

B

o

dside c

sh inju

y c

ses c

n be complic

ted.

t the ve

y le

st, you should consult

c

ccident

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ney to discuss you

leg

l options.

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uto li

bility cl

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