T-Bone Car Accidents: Causes & Injuries
Were You Injured in a T-Bone Car Accident?
Being injured in a car accident is scary enough without having to worry about paying for your medical and insurance bills. But for victims of t-bone collision car accidents, these problems can all occur at once.
T-bone accidents occur when one car crashes into the side of another. They commonly occur at stop signs or stoplights, when one party fails to stop as another crosses an intersection. The injuries sustained from these accidents can be quite serious, including whiplash, broken bones, or even death.
T-bone car accidents can have a variety of causes. In situations like driving under the influence, distracted driving, and driving while overtired, a specific driver may be at fault. One driver may be driving recklessly fast, tailgating, or perhaps the other driver stopped too abruptly and without warning. In other situations, road conditions may be improperly labeled or maintained, especially during the winter or major weather events.
If you or a loved one were victimized by a t-bone car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not have to shoulder the financial and emotional burden alone.
An experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate your insurance provider claims process and determine whether you might have cause to file a lawsuit. In many cases, you can obtain a financial settlement that can help with high medical bills and insurance costs. While compensation cannot make up for the pain and injury suffered by the victims of a collision, it can help hold negligent parties accountable.
Complications with T-Bone Accidents
One issue that regularly arises with this type of case is the issue of liability. Under most New Jersey car accident policies, the motorist who caused the accident is responsible for paying compensation to those who are injured. This is true if bodily injury liability insurance is in play.
However, the very nature of a t-bone collision sometimes means that it is hard to determine who is to blame. Consider the following example:
Melissa is in an intersection when a car driven by Jason slams into the side of her vehicle. In this example, you might think it is a slam dunk that Jason is to blame because he hit Melissa. In reality, either could be to blame for the accident.
For example, Melissa might have run a red light and been in the intersection illegally when Jason hit her. If that’s true, then Melissa could be liable for the collision. Alternately, Melissa might have had a green light but Jason ran his red light, which would make Jason liable.
To build a strong case for compensation, you will need adequate evidence to establish fault for the t-bone accident. Reach out to an experienced car accident lawyer today. At our firm, we can find helpful evidence to show that the other driver is to blame:
- We can interview witnesses to the accident
- We can search for dashcam or other video which can show which driver had the right of way
- We can ask the other driver tough questions under oath to tease out the truth
Instead of trying to find this evidence yourself, you can focus on getting well. Let a lawyer do the heavy lifting.
Were You the Victim of an Intersection Accident?
Even if you are the most careful driver in the world, you can still be the victim of a car accident. If someone else runs a red light, it can leave you injured, your car totaled, and your insurance rates soaring. But sometimes intersection accidents are truly not your fault. If another driver was responsible for the accident, you may be saddled with huge bills that you don’t deserve — not to mention the physical and emotional pain you may have suffered as a result of the accident.
Many other factors beyond your control can cause car accidents. If a stoplight malfunctioned, for example, or if auto parts were defective, you may have experienced an accident that was not your fault. An experienced attorney can help you understand all the legal factors at play in your case. A good lawyer will listen to your story and help you understand your options. This may include navigating your health or car insurance provider’s claims process or even filing a lawsuit against parties who may be liable for your accident.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today
There are many reasons to retain an attorney after a t-bone collision. If your city is mismanaging its streets, legal action can help prevent future crashes and even save lives. If your accident was caused by someone driving under the influence, you may help keep a dangerous driver off the roads in the future. At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, our attorneys understand the paramount importance of safe streets. We can help you understand your options, possibly including financial compensation.
Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss t-bone collisions and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.