Car collisions are all too common and can be very dangerous. Side impact collisions are uniquely dangerous and can occur in many traffic situations. Very serious damage is often done in T-bone accidents because the side of a car is not very well reinforced, unlike the front and back. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, the driver of any car involved in the accident may be at fault. If negligence can be proven, you may be entitled to compensation so make sure to contact an injury attorney in Sacramento if you’ve been in an auto accident.
In collisions that affect the front or rear of a car, there are several feet of steel and reinforced structures to protect drivers and passengers. In side impact collisions, there is only a thin door to protect the people inside. This is a large part of why T-bone collisions kill between 8,5000 and 10,000 Americans each year. There are certain standards all cars must meet, but the nature of the design of vehicles leaves the sides more vulnerable.
There are various causes for T-bone collisions, almost always due to driver error. Below are some of the most common reasons:
T-bone accidents can result in a variety situations. Because the sides of cars do not have very much structural reinforcement, there often is very much damage to property and serious injuries to individuals. Some injuries that may result include:
When negotiating what the party at fault should pay for, the above injuries can be taken into account.
In most T-bone accidents, one car is more at fault than the other. The driver being T-boned or doing the T-boning can be at fault. Sometimes it is very clear who is at fault and a short investigation can conclude with a clear idea of who should pay for damages. Often, it can be more difficult to determine who was at fault, and the other driver will insist they had the right of way.
Immediately after the accident, it’s important to determine if anyone was seriously injured and to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible if necessary. The police should also be called to assist in determining fault and to generate a report. Drivers are required to exchange insurance and contact information. It’s also a good idea to get the contact information of anyone who may be a witness to the incident. Be sure not to admit fault at the scene and to take pictures or videos of any damage, injuries, and the general scene to get an idea of what took place.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a T-bone car collision, it is important to seek legal representation with an accident lawyer in order to get the compensation you deserve. The medical treatment, prescriptions, physical therapy, and damage to property can be very costly, especially when all added together. A knowledgeable and motivated personal injury attorney can help guide you through a complicated litigation process and will work hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you lost a loved one due to a side impact collision, an attorney can assist you in filing a wrongful death claim.
With over 50 years combined experience handling car accident cases, our attorneys have the knowledge, resources and dedication to represent you in court and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (916) 357-6767 to speak to an injury attorney in Sacramento today.