How do you determine fault in a t-bone accident?
Also known as a side impact or broadside collision, a t-bone accident refers to a collision of the front of a vehicle with the side of another vehicle. These accidents can result in severe injuries due to the impact’s proximity to the people inside the vehicle.
If you are involved in a t-bone collision, you need a car accident attorney who can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Which Driver is Responsible in A T-bone Collision?
All drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic control devices and follow the laws of the road and when the failure to do so results in an accident, the driver who caused the collision is responsible.
T-bone collisions are not always the responsibility of the colliding vehicle’s driver, however. Sometimes, the driver who gets t-boned by another vehicle is responsible for the accident, as may be the case when there is an improper left-turn or a stop sign violation.
Determining liability for your t-bone accident will depend on the specific facts of your case.
What Are Some Common Causes of a T-bone Collision?
T-bone or broadside accidents are common at intersections, often occurring when a driver fails to stop at a stop sign, runs a red light, or does not yield to the right-of-way. T-bone accidents can be severe and it is not uncommon for the vehicles to be pushed into another line of traffic leading to another collision and collateral damage.
Another common cause of t-bone collisions is making an improper or poorly timed left turn. Failing to yield to oncoming traffic or pulling out in front of traffic without having the time and space to safely do so can also result in a collision.
What Should You Do after a T-bone Collision?
Because t-bone collisions often result in serious injuries, your priority should be seeking immediate medical attention. If it is safe to do so, you should also take pictures of the accident, from all angles and of all vehicles involved, to be used for evidence later to determine fault. Additionally, you should provide a statement to the reporting police officer and later request a copy of the accident report, which will be used to determine who was at fault for the accident.
Lastly, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney to ensure your legal interests are protected throughout the accident investigation, and that you are properly compensated for any harm resulting from the accident.
What Damages Can You Recover after A T-bone Collision?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering for any injuries you or a loved one incurred in the accident. Even if you were not injured, you can still file a claim with your insurance company to recover any damage to your vehicle or property inside. An Atlanta car accident attorney can remove the burden of negotiating with insurance companies and advocate for your best interests.
If you have questions about a t-bone accident that you were involved in, contact our office today for a free consultation.