How to Tell Who Is at Fault After a T-Bone Car Wreck
A T-bone accident, also known as a broadside collision, is a potentially deadly type of car crash where the front of a vehicle strikes the side of another. Typically, this results in the cars colliding in a “T” shape. The vehicle occupant who only had a door protecting them from the impact can suffer serious injuries. If this has happened to you or a loved one and you weren’t at fault, you can seek your legal options so you can receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A lawyer will know how to tell who is at fault after a T-bone car wreck and help you build a successful claim.
The attorneys at Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC will be at your side throughout the legal process. If the other party is trying to place some of the blame on you, the amount of compensation you could receive could be reduced. This is why it’s so important that you have experienced representation who will advocate for you.
Determining Liability in a T-Bone Accident
When you meet with a car accident lawyer from our law firm, we’ll go over how your accident occurred. During our investigation of the accident, we’ll look into what parts of the car collided and what injuries and damages ensued.
As we examine the evidence, we’ll establish who had the right of way. For example, if you were driving straight through an intersection and had a green light, and a car turned when they didn’t have the signal to do so, then you had the right of way and they made a negligent decision that resulted in the accident.
Another way this could have happened is if you had the right of way to turn and the driver approaching the intersection continued to drive and collided with you.
While you may think the other driver was the one at fault for the crash, it’s also possible for the at-fault party to not have been involved in the accident. If another driver merged, changed lanes, or turned in front of another vehicle without looking or right of way, they could make the driver behind them swerve to avoid a collision. While the driver avoids colliding with the initial vehicle, they ended up swerving into you.
Where Can T-Bone Accidents Happen?
Intersections aren’t the only locations where T-bone crashes can occur. These are also common in parking lots, either when a car is backing out of a space and hits a car behind them or when a vehicle is turning out of a lane.
Another traffic area that could result in a T-bone collision is anywhere a driver needs to cross traffic to make a left turn. If a driver doesn’t check for oncoming traffic or misjudges the speed of oncoming traffic, they could turn and collide with another vehicle.
Drivers also need to be aware of the dangers of broadside collisions anywhere a driver is going to turn into the road to enter traffic. This could be entering from a side street or the parking lot of a store. If the driver turning acts negligently, they could hit an approaching car or pull out in front of a vehicle and make them swerve into another.
When an accident occurs, there could be evidence from traffic or surveillance cameras and eyewitnesses to help find out what happened. Your lawyer will also look into other factors that could have led to the broadside collision like speeding, distracted driving, or drunk driving.
You can trust your representation from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC to find out what happened, who had the right of way, and who acted negligently. After we have the facts of the accident, we’ll assess how this accident has harmed you. Your injuries and resulting medical treatment, time you’ll need to recover, and the noneconomic consequences of the accident are all damages that we’ll fight for you to recover with full and fair compensation.
Get the Help You Need Today
When you’ve been harmed in a T-bone collision because of a negligent driver, you have legal options. Our lawyers are here to help you get justice, especially if your insurance company is trying to get you to settle for less than you deserve or if the other party is trying to place some of the blame on you when you had nothing to do with the crash.
Call our office today for a free case evaluation. We can go over your options and get started on your claim.