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side-impact collision

side im·pact col·li·sion

/sīd ˈimˌpakt kəˈliZHən/

Noun

A side-impact collision, also known as lateral impact, occurs when a vehicle is hit from the side at an intersection, known as a T-bone, or when a vehicle leaves the road and strikes a tree, telephone pole, or some other roadside object. The lateral forces of side impacts tend to result in a pattern of multiple injury involving the head, neck chest, abdomen and pelvis.