Who is Liable When You’ve Been Injured in a T-Bone Accident?
Posted on November 11, 2018
Every day, many people are involved in serious accidents with other vehicles. If you have been involved in a T-bone accident, you might wonder who is liable in these accidents and how you can show that you were not the cause of the accident. What is a T-bone accident, to begin?
T-bone accidents are known as ‘side-impact collisions,’ which can take place in a variety of ways. The vehicles involved in these accidents form a ‘T’ when one vehicle broadsides another and hits the side of their vehicle. These accidents most commonly occur when you are driving through an intersection and, all of a sudden, the other driver blows through that red light and strikes your vehicle in the side. In most of these cases, you will find that the other vehicle driver involved in the accident was disobeying the law and caused your accident.
One of the reasons why the most serious injuries result from these crashes is because you have very few protections from harm when you are involved in one of these accidents. You will find that there is only a door and a window to protect you from harm, depending on the way that the other vehicle struck your car. You or the passengers in your vehicle could be significantly harmed, which can be life-changing for you as you sustain catastrophic injuries. Side-impact collisions are one of the most serious accident types that happen every year, causing about 8,500 fatalities every year across the U.S.
Determining Liability in Your Case
Liability is one of the best ways to determine who is at fault for the T-bone accident. You will be able to show that the other party is negligent by proving that the other driver had a duty to act in a reasonable manner and failed to do so. Some of the best ways to prove a case are through aspects like physical evidence, copies of traffic laws for that state, police reports, witness testimony, and more.
The traffic laws regarding these accidents can be very telling. Sometimes, these accidents take place due to the traffic signals having defects or because somebody was not paying close attention to a changing light. You should always keep track of the time when you were struck so that you can compare it to the light to show that oncoming traffic had a red light at that time. It might not be the most secure way to prove your claim, but it could come in handy when all other evidence needs to be considered.
If you have been involved in a side-impact collision, you want to be able to show through your claim that the other party caused you harm through their actions. Because many of these accidents take place when somebody is not paying close attention to the traffic signals in the area, it is important to know what rights you have and collect as much evidence as you can to prove your claim. You can do this by investing in the experienced help of an attorney who has experience in these types of cases and will always fight for your rights when you are in need of compensation to help you through this difficult time. We want to stand by your side when it comes to accident reconstruction, battling the insurance companies, and more. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, you have many rights and we want to speak with you. Call us today at 304-431-4050 for more information.
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Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.