T-bone accidents, also known as side or broadside collisions, occurs when the side of a vehicle is struck by the front or back end of another vehicle. Upon impact, the two vehicles form a “t” shape. When a t-bone accident occurs, the damages are typically much more serious than most other types of car crashes.
The Dangers of T-Bone Accidents
T-bone car accidents pose an entirely different set of dangers when compared to other types of car accidents. Although all car accidents run the risk of serious damages, accidents in which the front or or the back of car is impacted has the added protection of a bumper, steel, trunk, engine, and more. Yet, if you’re hit on the side of a vehicle, only a door and a window serves as protection. If you’re hit on the passenger side, an additional seat serves as protection, but that’s usually not enough protection to help against significant damages.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, t-bone accidents kill over 8,000 people in the United States on an annual basis. The most prevalent reason for such high numbers is drivers failing to yield right of way. Speeding, running red lights, and ignoring other traffic signs also contribute to the numbers.
Proving Negligence and Fault in a T-Bone Accident
In some instances, the physical damages on the side of a car is enough evidence to determine which driver is at fault. However, in most occurrences, drivers that hit another vehicle will claim that they had the right of way. Some drivers may claim that the light was green and that they had every right to keep driving. Regardless, most states require that you must prove that the other party was indeed at fault.
Keep in mind, that if possible, you’ll need to gather as much evidence as possible. Pictures, a witness list, the time the accident occurred, the weather on the day it occurred, and any other pertinent information should be gathered.
In addition, it’s imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In many instances, t-bone accidents result in a variety of medical conditions, such as head, joint, and neck injuries. These injuries could takes weeks or even months to fully manifest, and without the proper medical documentation, you’ll have a difficult time proving that your medical problems stem from the car accident.
Seeking Help After a T-Bone Accident
If you’ve been involved in a t-bone accident, chances are that you’ve experienced significant damage to your vehicle along with physical pain, medical expenses, and more. It’s difficult enough for the average person to understand the intricacies of the law when it comes to car accidents, but fighting against another party’s insurance company or lawyer is usually the last thing an accident victim wants to do. Fortunately, an experienced car accident lawyer can help you.
An experienced car accident attorney has extensive knowledge and expertise when dealing with t-bone accidents, insurance companies, and the court of law, and will be able to successfully fight for the damages that you are entitled to. This gives you time to take care of yourself and heal properly without adding the extra burden of preparing an extensive lawsuit. If you need assistance, give us a call today for a free consultation.