T-Bone Accidents Require Experienced Legal Representation
A T-bone accident, also known as a side impact collision, is one of the deadliest types of crashes. Each and every year, up to 10,000 people pass away in T-bone accidents, accounting for a full quarter of traffic-related fatalities in the United States. Side impact crashes often leave victims with prolonged injuries which frequently require lengthy periods of rehabilitation.
As many victims quickly discover, establishing fault after a T-bone accident can be a difficult task. Liability for T-bone accidents ultimately depends on which driver had the right of way at the time of the collision and often such liability is disputed by all parties involved.
Following a T-bone collision, an experienced accident attorney can assist with:
Filing a property damage claim for your damaged vehicle
Securing compensation for current medical bills
Coverage for future medical expenses
Compensation for pain and suffering
Consideration of prolonged emotional damage like PTSD
If you’ve suffered an injury from a T-bone accident, you will need the experience of an award-winning car accident lawyer to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injury claim. What you need is The Advocates on your side.
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How Liability for Side Impact Crashes (T-Bone Accidents) is Established
Fortunately, liability for most T-bone accidents is rather obvious to anyone who examines the crash scene. Some accidents, though, aren’t as clear cut, with both involved parties pointing fingers at each other and no witnesses to help sort the situation out.
The best thing to do after a side impact crash, or any accident, for that matter, is to call the police. A police officer will examine the scene of the crash, determine liability based on the facts, and file an official report. This report will then be used further down the road to help strengthen your injury claim. To better solidify your case, be sure to take photos or videos of the crash site, gather the contact info of any witnesses, and do not, under circumstances, admit fault even if you believe you caused the accident. Allow the on-scene police officer to decide who was at fault and then let your attorney build the best case possible based on your situation.
Types of Side Impact Accident Injuries
Injuries caused by T-bone accidents are often devastating for victims. Often, the physical and emotional toll can last for months if not years afterward. Some unfortunate victims might never recover.
Here are the most common injuries caused by T-bone accidents:
- Broken or fractured bones
- TBIs and other head injuries
- Facial scarring
- Damage to the internal organs
- Serious spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Total or partial paralysis
Causes of T-Bone Collisions
Side impact crashes almost always take place after a driver fails to yield or does not give the right-of-way to another vehicle. These crashes typically occur at two or four-way stop signs, intersections, or in roundabouts. Basically, T-bone accidents are the result of driver error or outright recklessness.
Other reasons for T-bone crashes are due to inclement weather, traffic light malfunctions, or poor road conditions. A common scenario which potentially leads to side impact collisions is a power outage causing traffic lights to stop functioning properly. Some drivers do not know the correct protocol to navigate safely through such a situation and end up colliding with another vehicle. The proper procedure is to treat the malfunctioning light as if it were a 4-way stop sign. Often, an irresponsible driver may speed through the blinking light, risking the safety of other drivers on the road.
Below are other common causes of T-bone accidents:
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Distracted drivers
- Aggressive driving
- Operating a poorly maintained vehicle
- Driving while drowsy
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