Any number of parties may share fault in a T-bone accident under the principle of comparative fault. These parties may include either driver in the crash, the vehicle manufacturer, or another driver not involved in the collision itself. No matter how your T-bone accident occurred, the evidence at the scene will go a long way to determine who shares responsibility. If possible, you should document as much as you can, which may include taking pictures, recording videos, and collecting statements and contact information from eyewitnesses.
A personal injury lawyer may help you protect your rights and help you collect compensation after a T-bone accident. A lawyer could gather evidence to show that another party caused the T-bone accident and then pursue that party and their insurer for compensation. After receiving the immediate medical attention your injuries may require, scheduling a consultation with a law firm might help to relieve you of the burdensome legal process to follow while pursuing compensation from responsible parties.
Potentially Liable Parties in a T bone Accident
A T-bone accident occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another, forming the shape of a “T” at the point of impact. They can happen at intersections when one driver disregards a stop sign or red light and drives through the intersection at the same time another vehicle traverses the intersection. A bad judgment call on a green light can also cause a T-bone accident.
T-bone accidents do not only occur at intersections, though. They can happen on a highway or interstate when a driver loses control of their vehicle and skids sideways. T bone accidents also happen in parking lots. A driver could be backing out of a parking space, for instance, when another vehicle comes along and strikes from the side.
Numerous scenarios can result in a T-bone collision with more than one party at fault. A personal injury lawyer may help to evaluate your T-bone accident and determine liability.
Some of the parties they may look at include the following:
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The Drivers Involved
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, any of the drivers in a T-bone collision may share fault. If a driver crosses an intersection on a green light at the same time another driver runs the light and strikes them from the side, then the driver at the bottom of the “T” must assume fault. On the other hand, if the driver who got hit from the side is the one who ran the light, while the other vehicle had green, then the driver at the top of the “T” is at fault.
Drivers in any type of car accident, including T-bone collisions, may dispute who had the right of way. Obtaining a lawyer to collect key evidence toward proving the fault of the other driver may allow you the ease of mind once you know a professional is helping you meet the requirements for your T-bone accident case.
The Vehicle Manufacturer
If one or more of the vehicles involved in a T-bone collision contained faulty components that contributed to the crash, such as bad brakes or a stuck accelerator, the vehicle manufacturer may share partial or full liability for your losses and injuries.
Under product liability laws that exist in many states, injury victims can hold manufacturers liable for damages caused by their products. Your car accident attorney might investigate your crash, including the condition of the vehicles involved at the time of the accident to help determine if the manufacturer shares in the liability.
Sometimes the at-fault driver in a car accident evades the collision itself. As an example, a driver might make an improper left turn in front of an oncoming car, causing that driver to swerve to avoid a collision, only to end up striking another vehicle. The driver who started this chain of events with the illegal turn holds responsibility, even if their vehicle did not actually hit any of the others.
In scenarios such as this one, the driver who caused the accident has a legal obligation to remain at the scene – but that does not mean they will. By talking to witnesses and documenting the immediate aftermath of your T bone collision, you may help your attorney identify any liable party that might not have stuck around to take responsibility.
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If you suffered injuries in a T-bone crash, we may help you collect the compensation you deserve from the responsible party or parties and their insurers. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-598-7557.