If you’ve experienced a T-bone car accident, chances are that you’ve been left with a variety of questions. The experience is often painful, traumatic, and upsetting. If another’s negligence contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any resulting damages.
T-bone car accident victims may not even know where to begin when it comes to recovering from their injuries. The idea of worrying about compensation is typically not a priority when you are focused on regaining your physical health. Locating a trustworthy personal injury attorney to help you navigate the personal injury claims process may help ease some of your stress. When appropriate, an attorney may assist injured victims in identifying responsible parties and seeking compensation. While an attorney handles the legal complexities of your case, you can focus on your wellbeing.
Demonstrating which parties are at fault is a critical aspect of any successful personal injury claim. A variety of factors may determine the types of evidence required to prove fault. In addition, the types of injuries you suffer and their impact on your life will affect the decisions you make throughout the legal process. Below, we discuss some basic information concerning fault and recovery as they relate to T-bone car accidents. While reading, you should consider your unique circumstances.
By their very nature, T-bone accidents have a high probability of causing serious property damage and severe injuries. Because T-bone accidents involve one vehicle hitting the side of another vehicle, they have a high likelihood of causing occupant fatalities.
Some T-bone accidents, however, can be even worse than others. Like any other accident, numerous factors can affect the severity of a T-bone collision. The size of the vehicles involved can greatly influence the severity of the collision.
For an extreme example, a T-bone accident involving a semi-truck can be particularly devastating. Commercial trucks loaded with cargo can weigh as much as 40 tons. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles can cause extensive property damage and serious or even deadly injuries. A passenger car T-boned by a semi-truck is much more likely to undergo significant damage than one T-boned by a similarly-sized sedan.
You must establish fault to seek compensation. State and federal courts, as well as insurance companies, rely on stringent requirements for determining fault. To ensure your personal injury claim is successful, you must have a strong case proving that the other driver was at fault.
When the damages exceed the coverage offered through your PIP or PDL insurance, you should consider filing a personal injury claim. Experienced attorneys regularly assist injured victims in identifying who was at fault after they sustain injuries in a car accident.
To establish that another driver was at-fault for the accident, injured victims must prove:
Every driver is obligated to operate their vehicles in accordance with the standard of care. Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a way that will ensure the safety of other drivers. Negligent and reckless driving behavior is a breach of this standard of care, and the driver may be liable for causing an accident.
When appropriate, personal injury lawyers may need to use several forms of evidence to build strong proof of the other driver’s fault. If necessary, an attorney may team up with industry experts who can provide testimony to support an injured party’s claim. Experts in the medical, automotive, and insurance fields may be helpful when proving fault. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, the following types of evidence may be necessary:
Don’t be afraid to reach out to any witnesses who observed the accident or nearby businesses. Personal injury attorneys may help injured victims acquire evidence that could prove critical to their cases.
Witness statements can help resolve disputes regarding fault in court. The science behind human nature teaches us that witness statements are not always accurate. However, they can still help to corroborate your version of how the accident occurred. Collect contact information from any witnesses at the scene of the accident.
If at all possible, you should ask witnesses to provide a statement of how the accident occurred immediately following the accident. Human memory of an event is much more accurate right after it occurs. As time passes, our memories inevitably begin to fade.
When a police officer responds to the scene of an accident, they will compile an accident report. The report will include information about the accident, including the vehicles involved, the injuries sustained, and whether any citations were issued. You can obtain a copy of the accident report from the local police department.
As mentioned, the side impact that is characteristic of T-bone accidents makes them particularly dangerous collisions. The average passenger vehicle weighs over two tons. When one vehicle strikes the side of another, only thin metal doors protect the occupants. Because passengers are vulnerable, the injuries they sustain are commonly more severe than other accidents.
Some of the most serious car accident injuries include:
In the aftermath of a traumatic car accident, vitctims often feel confused, frightened, and overwhelmed. Injured victims should prioritize their physical health and focus on progressing toward recovery. Although your symptoms may not be immediately apparent, it is extremely important to seek a medical evaluation following an accident.
Some of the most serious injuries commonly do not display immediate symptoms. For example, symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not appear until days or weeks after the accident. A medical professional can perform diagnostic testing to rule out injuries that could be potentially life-threatening if left untreated. Pay attention to your body in the days following the collision. If you experience any delayed symptoms, seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
The most common symptoms of injury that may be delayed, include:
Don’t make that assumption—fault may lie with the other driver, a government that failed to maintain roads or traffic signals, or a defective car part. Thus, even if you believe your actions may have contributed to the accident, keep these tips in mind:
If you or a loved one were injured in a T-bone car accident, you deserve empathetic and informed legal counsel.
You may be entitled to pursue compensation that could help account for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and physical damage to your possessions.
The process of bringing or settling a case can be complex, however, a skilled lawyer with the skills to help simplify and expedite personal injury claims can help you understand your options every step of the way and fight to seek the compensation you deserve.
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