One of the most common and most serious types of multi-vehicle wrecks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a T-bone crash, which usually occurs at an intersection on a city or residential street. As a Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death lawyer, I know that broadside collisions are the result of many different types of reckless driving habits, such as drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding. However, they nearly all occur as a result of a negligent motorist running a stop sign or red light.
How Are T-Bone Accidents Caused?
As this article notes, T-bone car accidents are dangerous and can leave multiple injuries. T-bone accidents can be caused by many types of scenarios, but the most commonly seen is where a car runs a red light and strikes another car on its side. It does not matter if the car is moving at a slow rate, such as 15 miles per hours, or a fast rate, such as 50 miles per hour- an accident of this nature can bring the accident victim with various types of injuries, such as broken bones and scars. T-bone accidents are especially dangerous because unlike rear-ended accidents, the entire momentum of the accident is given to the people inside the car, whether it is the driver or the passengers inside of the car at the time of the accident. Common factors of T-bone accidents include speeding, intoxication, and pure negligence.
This is why obeying traffic signals are very important. Although driers are allowed to drive through yellow traffic lights, it is recommended not to do so after the yellow light has been on for quite some time. This is because there have been several instances and situations where the traffic lights of other sides have turned green immediately after another side has had a yellow light. The resulting situation is a driver who sees a yellow light from a distance, speeds through the intersection, fails to pass the intersection before the light turns red, and impacts the side of a driver traveling in a perpendicular direction.
T-Bone Accident Injuries Are Very Serious
Injuries sustained in a T-bone accident are normally extremely severe in nature. When a vehicle impacts the side of a car, some of the force is absorbed and redirected around the vehicle due to the design of the vehicle. However, the fact still remains that both front and back seat occupants are being hit side on. Depending on the force of the impact, it is not uncommon for both the driver and passenger(s) to experience injuries to their legs, hips, ribs, arms, shoulders, back, neck, ears, and head.
The following injuries are all commonplace in Fort Worth broadside car accidents:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Blunt force trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Each and every one of these injuries should not be taken lightly. Drivers or passengers who have been hurt in a T-bone accident should seek immediate medical help. While what may seem as a light injury at the time of the accident may actually develop to grow in pain and severity. If the victim of the car accident is concerned with seeking medical help because they believe they will not be able to afford treatment, there are good news: if the accident victim was injured in a car accident caused by another driver, they may be compensation available to cover for their medical expenses, lost wages due to time taken off work to treat for injuries, and any other accident-related expenses. For accident victims who have endured very severe injuries, such as as amputations, broken bones, or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), it is highly recommended for them to contact and hire a personal injury attorney.
As mentioned in other articles in our website, the insurance company may offer a settlement that is far below what an accident victim may actually receive. Here at the Anderson Injury Lawyers we have seen a countless amount of accident victims who have been involved in car accidents but do not know how to proceed (whether or not to hire an attorney, how to go after an insurance company, etc.). This is why we suggest victims of car wrecks and accidents or their families to give us a call, where we answer any questions or accident-related inquiries that may exist.
How Do I Know Who Is At-Fault for the Accident?
Even though people may assume that the person that was hit is immediately the victim of a T-bone wreck, the reality is that the person that hit the other vehicle may actually be the victim. Let’s look at the following two scenarios to further explore this topic.
Let’s say a driver travelling from north to south stops at a light when the light is red. Once the light turns green the driver proceeds to pass the intersection. Out of nowhere, a car travelling from east to west runs his red light and T-bones the first driver. The driver travelling east to west would be considered at-fault for the accident in this case, because his negligence (running the red light) caused the other driver (the victim) to suffer injuries.
In our other scenario, let’s say a driver is travelling north to south. The driver’s traffic light is green and proceeds to cross the intersection. Another driver travelling east to west runs a red light, and the driver travelling north to south (whose light was green) T-bones the other driver. In this scenario, the vehicle that was T-boned would be at-fault, because they ran a red light and got in the way of the other driver, whose light was green.
As you could tell, T-bone accidents must be looked at in a case-by-case basis, as there may be different reasons why a driver may or may not be at-fault. Furthermore, the attorneys at the Anderson Injury Lawyers hire experts that can recreate and investigate the accident. Their expertise can help determine exactly how the accident occurred, who the victim is, and who is at-fault. In other words, if you were the injured victim in a T-bone car accident, we’ll build your case in a way that there is no doubt that you did not cause the accident, and that another driver did.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Each of the injuries listed above can result in enormous medical bills, but those that have permanent consequences can also mean life changing repercussions for you and your family, many of which are rooted in financial causes directly related to your injuries.
If your accident was someone else’s fault, you should have to suffer any more than necessary. Texas law gives you the right to seek full and fair compensation not just for your medical bills, but also for loss of earning capacity, loss of services, and other tangible and intangible causes.
For more information please contact the Anderson Injury Lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation on your personal situation. To speak with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury attorney immediately, please call us.
Who Needs to Hire a Lawyer?
If you’ve never hired a lawyer before, you might be wondering, “What will an attorney do for me? Do I even need one?” You will benefit from hiring a lawyer if you:
- Were hurt in an accident caused by another driver
- Don’t have health insurance after a wreck and can’t afford to get treatment
- Have never handled a claim before and feel confused about what to do next
- Tried handling the claim on your own but encountered trouble with the insurance adjuster
- Received an unfair settlement offer from the insurance company
- Want a professional to ensure you win everything you deserve to cover the cost of your accident
If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault and suffered injuries as a result, you will benefit from having a personal injury attorney handling your case. The reason is simple. After a wreck, you’re going to have to convince the other driver’s insurance company to pay you the money you deserve for your medical bills, damaged car, and pain and suffering. However, insurance adjusters are trained to pay you as little money as possible. It’s how insurance companies make money.
Having a lawyer on your side evens the playing field. Here at the Anderson Injury Lawyers, we have over 25 years of experience winning money for hurt accident victims in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We know exactly how to set up your case, and we handle everything for you.
Our Personal Injury Firm Takes the Stress Off Your Shoulders
When accident victims come to us, it’s often out of frustration with the insurance company. No one ever tells you how hard making a claim can be, especially when insurance adjusters refuse to call you back or create unfair excuses to deny your claim.
We Fight the Insurance Company So You Don’t Have To
Insurance adjusters might find it easy to brush you off, but they won’t be able to ignore us. Sometimes simply having a lawyer on your side forces the insurance company to stop messing around – they know we won’t let them get away with undervaluing your claim or playing around with your case.
We Prove the Other Driver Was At Fault
This is a sticking point for many car accident victims. You might know that the other driver caused your accident, but how can you prove it? We have over 40 years combined experience building cases and proving negligence. We know exactly what to look for, who to call and how to handle your case in the right way.
We Immediately Investigate Your Accident
If we’re going to convince the insurance company to pay you full compensation, words alone are not enough – we’ll need to prove that someone else caused your car accident, and that your car accident caused your injuries. For this reason, quick and thorough car accident investigations are crucial, which is why we make yours a priority. Since evidence like skid marks, debris, vehicle damage, video camera recordings and injuries tend to diminish and disappear fairly quickly, we understand the importance of fast action.
We Fight to Win You the Compensation You Deserve
If you’ve been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay the price. Under Texas law, you’re entitled to compensation for your medical bills, missed work days, pain and suffering. The Anderson Injury Lawyers can help you get it.
How Does It Work?
Schedule Your Free Consultation
First, you’ll schedule your free consultation with our firm. When you come to our office, we’ll listen to your story and get all the facts of the case, then form a plan to get you the medical care you need. From there, we’ll gather evidence to build your case against the other driver and start our battle to win you everything you deserve to cover the cost of the accident.
You Pay Zero Upfront Costs
If you choose to hire our firm, there are no costs upfront. Instead, we work on a contingency basis, meaning we take a percentage of the money we win for you once you’re satisfied with the results and your case is complete.
We Set You Up with Doctors
Even if you don’t have health insurance, you shouldn’t be left to suffer. We work with a network of doctors we trust who can get you the care you need now, and defer payment until later (after we’ve won your case and the money needed to pay these bills).
We Handle Everything, Giving You Updates Along the Way
You’ll be assigned a case manager who is there to answer questions every step of the way. As your case progresses, we’ll keep you updated on its status and check in with you to see how you’re healing, but we handle all the paperwork, evidence-gathering and negotiations. Your only job is to get better.
Once You’re Healed, We Fight the Insurance Company
After you’re fully recovered from the accident, we’ll gather all your medical bills, photo documentation, police reports and other evidence and bring it to the insurance company to demand a fair settlement. Attorney Mark Anderson has over 25 years of experience negotiating with insurance adjusters, and he won’t let an adjuster lowball us. If at the end of negotiations we still don’t believe the insurance company is offering you fair compensation, we’ll file a lawsuit.
Filing a Lawsuit
In addition to our attorneys, we have a full litigation team trained to bring your case to court. We’ve won millions of dollars for our clients over the years, and we are confidant in our ability to bring justice to hurt accident victims.
Why Trust the Anderson Injury Lawyers?
The Anderson Injury Lawyers’s founder Mark Anderson is one of the most recognized attorneys in our area. Most notably, Mark was named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine, and is consistently recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters. He is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and is ranked in the top one percent of practicing attorneys in the United States, according to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.