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T-boned at work? Here’s what you should know

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

While at work, you are expected to travel often. You go to different field sites and travel to your customers. It’s a normal part of your job to be behind the wheel, but being on the road so much does put you at a higher risk of being in an auto collision.

That’s why it may not be surprising that you were hit. At an intersection, the person coming from your right didn’t stop at their red light. Your vehicle was T-boned, and you now have significant injuries.

T-bone accidents are among the worst for victims

T-bone crashes, crashes in which you’re hit from the side, can cause significant damage to your vehicle and cause severe injuries.

Problematically, vehicles don’t have crumple zones or much room between you and another vehicle when hit from the side. While you may have some extra room for protection if you’re hit on the passenger side, any crash direct to the driver’s side has the potential to lead to serious or fatal injuries.

T-bone crashes are among the worst because:

  • The side impact is more likely to lead to direct impact injuries
  • Less crumpling means your body has to absorb more force
  • Not all vehicles have side-impact airbags, and side impacts aren’t likely to set off the front airbags. As a result, you may be more likely to hit your head on the window or wheel

Essentially, you have less protection at this angle, so your injuries may be much worse.

What should you do if you’re injured in a crash while at work?

The good news about being in an auto collision while on the clock is that you should be able to seek workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation should cover the cost of your medical care. It may also cover your lost wages if you have to miss work for an extended period of time.

Even if the other driver doesn’t have insurance, you’ll have coverage in this kind of crash if you’re on the clock when it occurs. Let your employer know that you’ve gotten hit as soon as possible, so you can begin putting together a claim for workers’ compensation.

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