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How to Know Who is At-Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident

t-bone accidentOne 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:

  • Scars
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Amputation
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Paralysis
  • Death

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 Law Firm 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 Law Firm 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 Law Firm 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 at 817-294-1900.

 

Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas