A T-bone collision occurs when the front of a vehicle strikes another vehicle’s side, more or less, at a 90-degree right angle. Those types of accidents can seriously injure a person sitting near the point of impact. In a T-bone collision, there is little to protect a driver or passenger from the force of the crash.
If you were involved in a T-bone collision, you might have suffered head trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, severe cuts, or other injuries. You may have even lost a limb or been paralyzed.
You may have spent weeks or months receiving care in a hospital, and you may now have to undergo several months of chiropractic treatment or physical therapy. Even when this is over, you may still have a limited range of motion and cannot do some things you used to take for granted.
The medical costs can be overwhelming. Being out of work may cause your family to struggle to cover basic living expenses, such as your rent or mortgage and groceries. You may not be able to return to work any time soon or ever. You may be forced to look for a new job in an unrelated field, or your injuries may have left you permanently disabled and unable to work.
You may be struggling to cope with all the physical, financial, and emotional pain. Sleepless nights and extreme anxiety may have become your new normal, and the dramatic changes and uncertainty may be straining your relationships with your spouse and children.
A T-bone accident lawyer might be able to help you amid these difficult circumstances. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused the crash to seek financial compensation for your losses.
While a settlement would not change the physical effects of the accident, not having to worry about your family’s financial security could give you some peace of mind and help you and your loved ones move forward. For a free consultation, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 to discuss your case.
Establishing Liability in a T-Bone Accident
The driver who struck your vehicle may be held liable for the T-bone collision. The individual might have run a red light or failed to stop at a stop sign when you had the right-of-way. The other motorist may have been speeding and unable to stop when the light turned red, or the driver may have intentionally sped up when the light was yellow to try to race through the intersection before the light turned red.
It is also possible that distracted driving could have caused the collision. A motorist using a cellphone may have been unaware that a traffic light had turned red and sped through the intersection and crashed into your car.
Talking and texting on a cellphone cause many serious car accidents each year. Texting is particularly dangerous since a driver takes one or both hands off the wheel and looks at a phone, not the road. A person who is texting behind the wheel is essentially driving blind. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), even using a hands-free mobile device can take a driver’s attention off the road and lead to an accident.
It could be possible that you and the other motorist may share responsibility for the T-bone collision. For example, it is possible the other driver ran a red light and entered the intersection when you had the right-of-way, but you failed to hit the brakes because you were distracted by your cellphone.
We can further explain liability and how it is determined when you speak with us. Call us today for a free case evaluation so we can hear the details of your accident and discuss your case. We can answer your questions and advise you on what legal options you have.
How a T-Bone Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You Seek Justice
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we can investigate motor vehicle crashes to figure out what happened and establish liability. Our team can review evidence to determine what led to the accident. We also could review a police report to find out if anyone received a ticket or a warning for an offense such as speeding, running a red light, or using a cellphone.
We can review statements that you, the other driver, and witnesses made shortly after the accident. If any surveillance or cellphone video captured the crash, that might provide useful evidence that can help us build your case.
If it is determined that the other driver is liable in the collision, we may file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual. We can seek a financial award to cover your medical expenses, lost income, reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering. We could negotiate a settlement without going to court, or we could take your case to trial if it means obtaining fair compensation.
The other driver’s attorney may argue that you were partly liable for the crash. If we find evidence to support that, you may still be entitled to a financial award. Comparative negligence laws allow let victims of personal injuries to obtain compensation, even if they share some liability for the accident that caused their injuries. In those circumstances, victims receive reduced awards to account for their level of responsibility. The specifics vary from state to state.
Working with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you were seriously injured after a vehicle struck your car in an intersection, you might be entitled to a financial award. A T-bone accident lawyer can review all relevant information and advise you on your legal rights.
If you choose to take legal action, keep in mind you have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Statutes of limitations restrict the window of opportunity for victims to sue to seek compensation. The timeframe to act varies by state.
If you choose Ben Crump Law, PLLC, to represent you, we operate on a contingency-fee-basis. We charge no upfront costs, and we get paid only if we obtain compensation for a client, either by negotiating a settlement or by going to court and obtaining a favorable jury verdict.
A member of our staff can explain more about how your state’s laws would apply in your case and how we may be able to assist you. Reach out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 to get the process started with a free case review.