San Antonio T-Bone Car Accident Attorney
A T-bone accident is a collision where one driver collides with the side of another driver’s vehicle. The resulting crash forms a rough “T” shape.
Determining Fault in a T-Bone Accident
T-Bone accidents can be particularly tricky for claimants for a number of reasons.
- There’s a common misconception that the driver who front-ends the side of the other car is always at fault. This is not the case; in many instances the broadsided car was the source of the problem. There are also a number of cases where both parties are negligent.
- Often, the dispute over fault comes from confusion over who had the right-of-way. It can be difficult to prove you did.
- Vehicle defects can also result in t-bone accidents. If your attorney isn’t vigilant and isn’t committed to investigating your case, it’s possible to miss a responsible party who might be responsible for paying a much larger sum of money than the other driver’s auto insurance company.
Damages from T-Bone Car Accidents
- Since most cars don’t have side airbags, T-Bone accidents often result in serious injury and wrongful death claims. It is extremely common for insurance companies to pin the blame on the deceased party.
- Even when these accidents don’t result in wrongful death claims, both drivers can be so seriously injured that they themselves aren’t sure what actually happened.
- As with any auto accident, you may be entitled to damages for medical bills, vehicle, repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
What to do After a T-Bone Collision
After a T-bone accident, you should always call the police. At the scene, police officers will give a preliminary determination of which driver ultimately caused the accident. If at all possible you should be vigilant about securing the names, numbers, and statements of any witnesses at the scene. An objective account from a witness could mean the difference between winning your case and losing it.
Should I hire a lawyer after a T-bone accident?
Once you’ve received medical attention, you should contact an attorney immediately. You can and should file a claim even if you believe you were partially at-fault for the accident. Allow an experienced lawyer to determine whether you’ve got a case, rather than trying to discern that for yourself. Your auto accident attorney will look for answers to questions such as:
- Who violated the right of way?
- Was someone speeding?
- Did one of the drivers run a red light or stop sign?
- Did one driver look both ways when turning at an intersection?
- Was one of the drivers attempting to pull into traffic in an aggressive or reckless way?
- Did one of the drivers make an illegal U-turn?
- Was one of the drivers distracted or impaired?
- Did one of the drivers commit another crime while driving, like street racing?
- Was one of the drivers blocking the roadway?
- Did one of the drivers fail to take foreseeable evasive action?
- Was one of the drivers in the wrong lane at the time of the accident?
- Was there a problem with the vehicle, and if so, did the driver of the vehicle know about it?
If you were involved in a T-bone car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our office today to get a free case evaluation.