Florida T-bone Accidents Lawyer
What is a T-bone accident?
T-bone accidents happen when one vehicle collides with the side of another, inflicting severe injuries and even death. These collisions frequently occur at crossroads or along roadways when drivers attempt to change lanes. T-bone crashes are also referred to as broadside or side-impact collisions.
When a car is struck on the side, the driver is frequently in the most danger of serious injury or death. Side-impact incidents are significantly more risky than conventional collisions due to the increased likelihood of severe injury and death.
In a T-bone collision, only a door and a window separate the occupants from the opposing vehicle. Even though most modern automobiles are equipped with side-impact airbags to protect passengers, T-bone collisions are still extremely lethal, particularly when they occur at high speeds.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 8,000 people are killed annually in T-bone collisions in the United States, and tens of thousands more are severely injured.
Golden Injury Attorneys is widely regarded as the reliable personal injury law practice in all of Florida. T-Bone injury claims are a regular part of our practice, and we have a successful track record of assisting our clients in securing adequate compensation in these situations. If you or a loved one was hurt in a side-impact collision, we will provide you with knowledge, sympathy, and an exceptional level of individualized assistance.
Understanding T-bone accidents
Accidents involving motor vehicles can take a variety of forms; however, side-impact crashes, sometimes known as T-bone accidents, are among the most hazardous of the bunch. Accidents of this nature can take place as a result of a variety of factors, such as when a driver who is crossing an intersection with a green light is broadsided by another driver who ran a red light.
In a similar vein, a motorist who runs through a red light faces the risk of being hit by another vehicle that is proceeding through the same junction while the signal is green. In any instance, deciding who is at fault in an incident involving a side contact comes down to figuring out which driver has the right of way.
Why T-Bone Accidents Occur
T-Bone accidents can occur for numerous reasons. Frequently, T-Bone crashes occur when a negligent driver fails to yield or relinquish the right of way to other vehicles. Side-impact crashes at an intersection or four-way stop, for instance, are frequently caused by a driver’s refusal to observe traffic signals or stop signs. A driver may also cut in front of a vehicle making an unprotected right turn, causing the first automobile to collide with the passing driver.
In addition, power outages, traffic signal malfunctions, and defective stoplights can contribute to T-bone collisions. When an intersection’s traffic lights are out of service, however, state and local traffic rules require approaching automobiles to proceed as if all stop signs were operational. They are required to stop, wait, and proceed only when it is safe to do so. Numerous motorists are unaware of or disregard this regulation, causing them to speed through junctions and cause side-impact collisions.
Among the most frequent causes our legal office deals with are:
- Drivers who run red lights or stop signs
- Distracted motorists (including texting while driving)
- Drivers dozing off at the wheel.
- Drunk drivers
Even if the other motorist caused your side-impact collision, you should not assume that you will be adequately reimbursed for your injuries. Consult with an attorney at our law office to determine how we may assist you.
Common T-bone Accident Injuries
Because the side of the vehicle caves in after a T-bone collision, drivers and passengers typically suffer significant injuries. In T-bone collisions, the following injuries are the most common:
- traumatic brain injuries
- fractured bones
- dismembered limbs
- rib fractures
- abrasions and contusions
- lung injuries
T-bone collisions can be deadly in the most serious and tragic cases.
Compensation for Your Side-Impact Car Accident
The goal of filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit is to get compensation for your pain and suffering. Every case is different, but if you can prove that you were an innocent victim in your vehicle accident, you may be eligible for compensation for the following:
- Medical charges
- Healthcare in the future
- Wages lost
- Potential earnings lost
- Emotional distress
- Damages to vehicles
- Car rental and other out-of-pocket costs
- Suffering and pain
Suing for a T-bone-related Accident
Commonly, the first step in a car accident lawsuit is to evaluate the other driver’s behavior and establish if they are at fault.
You may launch a case under Florida’s negligence rules if you are harmed in a T-bone collision.
To prevail in a negligence lawsuit for injuries caused in a T-bone collision, you must establish the following:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care;
- The other driver negligently breached that duty of care;
- The other driver’s negligence had a significant role in the accident and injuries; and
- The injuries resulted in monetary damages.
In a vehicle accident case, the duty of care mandates that drivers follow all traffic laws and drive with reasonable caution to guarantee the safety of everyone on the road. You can still launch a lawsuit even if you are partially to blame for the accident.
However, under Florida’s comparative fault standard, your compensation may be reduced by the amount you were at fault.
If a judge finds you to be 25% at fault for an accident, your potential compensation will be reduced by 25%.
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Although no one can undo the past or the damage you received, obtaining monetary compensation may have a substantial impact on your ability to rebuild your life and move on from a tough situation. If the accident resulted in wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial expenses and loss of companionship.
In a T-bone collision, liability may rest with the driver who was principally responsible for creating the collision. For instance, a driver may have run a red light because he or she was intoxicated or preoccupied. In this or a similar scenario, the at-fault motorist would be held financially accountable (often through his or her insurance coverage) for the other driver’s injuries.
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your T-Bone collision. Find out the value of your case and how we may assist you by contacting a T-Bone accident lawyer at our legal firm now.
Permit us to hold accountable those responsible for the anguish and suffering they have caused you. Schedule a free consultation.
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