Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident?
Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident?
T-bone car accidents are dramatic, dangerous, and common — which is why they are so often depicted in films and television. Yet, while these crashes can make for good entertainment, no one ever wants to experience one in real life. Common injuries from T-bone accidents include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, crushed and amputated limbs, and severe orthopedic and internal injuries. In many cases, these injuries prove to be fatal.
Keep reading to learn more about T-bone car accidents and the most common causes for these crashes, as well as how Crosley Law can help if you’ve been involved in one.
What Is a T-Bone Car Accident?
A T-bone car accident gets its name from the fact that two cars form the shape of a “T” at the point of impact. The front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle, which should not be confused with a side-swipe collision.
Of these two types of accidents, a side-swipe collision is generally less dangerous and occurs when the sides of two cars collide. For instance, when one driver doesn’t look or use a turn signal when changing lanes, resulting in the driver colliding their vehicle into the side of another vehicle.
T-bone accidents can be caused for many reasons, but often are the result of distracted driving or poor judgment at intersections. The fact that there is just a door and a window between the person being struck and the car hitting the side of the vehicle is why these accidents often have such serious injuries and can even result in death.
The fact that there is just a door and a window between the person being struck and the car hitting the side of the vehicle is why these accidents often have such serious injuries and can even result in death.
Determining Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident
Determining who is at fault in a T-bone car accident can sometimes be more difficult than it seems because there are so many common causes for these crashes. Here’s a list of some of the most common that we see and litigate at our personal injury firm.
Drivers often wrongfully enter an intersection because they were speeding, distracted, fatigued, ill, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is the most common cause of T-bone car accidents.
In many distractions, these negligent drivers are distracted by someone else’s actions. Anything from a crying baby to an argumentative spouse could cause the driver to lose focus and drive recklessly.
Many people who are on prescribed medications are often susceptible to severe side effects that could lead them to drive recklessly. In some cases, there could be issues with the medication itself — or perhaps the drug should never have been prescribed in the first place.
If an intersection was poorly designed or constructed, it will come as no surprise that T-bone accidents occur more frequently at these sites. Mistimed traffic signals, poor visibility, or confusing layouts could all be to blame.
If a vehicle was made and sold with defective parts or systems, even the most responsible and attentive drivers would be unable to prevent a T-bone accident while driving that vehicle.
With so many potential causes for a T-bone accident, it’s important to document any evidence available at the scene. Taking photos, recording videos, and gathering contact information and witness statements can help you prove fault when it comes time to file your claim a take a case to court.
How Does Crosley Help T-Bone Car Accident Victims?
When you work with the team at Crosley Law, we will obtain all the investigative reports and documentation related to the accident. We will also conduct our own investigation using every resource at our disposal, including:
- Detailed reviews of relevant medical records and accident reports
- Nationally and regionally recognized experts and physicians
- Crash reconstruction experts
- Crash data from the vehicles involved
- Digital crash simulations
- Multimedia presentations
- Advanced medical imaging
- Cutting-edge recordkeeping databases
- Jury focus groups
These legal and technological assets help us to prove that the negligent driver in your T-bone accident case caused your injuries. In addition, they allow us to put a precise dollar figure on every cost and loss that you’ve suffered as a result of the negligent party’s reckless and/or illegal actions.
We also act quickly. We know the insurance adjuster will try to delay your claim as much as possible, hoping that you’ll cave and take a lowball settlement. You can’t wait for help and compensation. That’s why our car accident attorneys do everything in their power to push our clients’ cases forward and prepare every case as if it’s going to trial from Day One.
Contact Crosley Law for Help With Your T-Bone Car Accident Claim
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a T-bone car accident, reach out to Crosley Law today. Contact our firm to schedule your free consultation by calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or completing this brief form. Let us put our experience to work for you!
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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