DMG Injury Law
T-Bone Car Accident
T-Bones, also known as side impact collisions or broadside accidents, can be very dangerous.
T-Bone collisions, also known as side impact collisions or broadside accidents, can be very dangerous.
The impact of the collision often causes the driver or passenger to be thrown around the car. In some cases, they may hit their head against a window and suffer a brain injury. In other cases, they may suffer neck and back injuries when their bodies are whipped around or they hit their heads on the side of the vehicle. These kinds of injuries are often serious, and in some cases may lead to permanent disability.
If you've been in a T-Bone collision, contact an experienced attorney who will fight for your rights to compensation for your injuries.
The most common type of T-Bone accident occurs when a driver going through an intersection is hit by another vehicle traveling perpendicular to them.
Though T-Bone collisions can occur in a variety of ways, the most common type of T-Bone accident happens when one vehicle is hit by another at an intersection. The term “T-Bone” comes from the way the cars eventually rest after colliding with one another, leaving a “T” shape between their rear ends. This type of collision is typically very dangerous and can lead to serious injuries for all parties involved.
In this particular scenario, two vehicles are driving either towards or away from one another along two perpendicular roads. One driver then enters into the intersection as he or she has right-of-way while the other driver blows through a stop sign or red light. In this case, the vehicle that had right-of-way will either be hit on its side (driver's or passenger's) or directly in front depending on how fast each party was traveling and where they were positioned within the intersection at impact. The resultant damage (and injuries) will depend greatly upon which side of your car was struck and whether you were wearing your seatbelt.
T-bone crashes can happen in parking lots and driveways, too.
There are many examples of parking lots where T-bone collisions can occur. These include but are not limited to:
Parking lots at grocery stores, malls and other businesses
School parking lots
Drivers and passengers in the front seat are almost always the people who get injured in a t-bone collision.
A T-bone collision is just what it sounds like: one car hitting another in the side, forming a T shape. The result is often serious injuries to the people involved. According to a 2016 study, 31% of all car crashes involve a T-bone collision, and they’re among the deadliest crashes on the road—as much as 8 times more likely to cause serious injury than other types of collisions.
Because a vehicle offers little protection on its sides, this kind of crash can cause severe injuries to people inside. This includes damage to internal organs like your ribs and vital organs like your brain and lungs. Injuries can also include broken bones or lacerations from shattering glass or other parts of the car interior.
If you are in a crash that injures you, you should hire an experienced lawyer who will fight for you every step of the way. Contact us today for a free evaluation and learn how we can help you get back on your feet after an accident leaves you injured.
If you've been injured in a T-bone accident, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately.
Even if you don't think you've been injured, it's important to visit a doctor after an accident.
You may have been in shock, and be unaware of the extent of your injuries.
Additionally, doctors can help diagnose your injuries, recommend treatment options and refer you to specialists if needed. Your medical records will also act as proof when dealing with insurance companies down the road.
Even if you checked out fine at the scene, it's still worth getting yourself checked out by a doctor as symptoms sometimes don’t appear until later on. A medical professional will be able to monitor your recovery and make sure there are no long term consequences from your accident.
Although it may be tempting to accept a lowball offer from the insurance company, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer first.
The insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. Remember, they are a business and their goal is to settle cases for as little money as possible so that they can keep more of their profits.
Keep in mind you have the legal right to hire an attorney, who will negotiate with the insurance company to get you the best possible settlement you deserve. In fact, hiring a personal injury attorney will likely increase your recovery by three times or more compared to handling things yourself.
You don't pay anything unless you win your case, and there's no risk involved with talking to a personal injury lawyer about your injuries.
There are different ways to pursue compensation for injuries after a car crash.
There are several ways to pursue compensation after a car accident. You can file a personal injury lawsuit, negotiate with an insurance adjuster, settle out of court, or hire a lawyer to handle the process for you.
To collect damages with a lawsuit, you must prove that your injuries resulted from another driver’s negligence. If successful, the jury will award you money for your medical expenses and other losses. The amount varies depending on the severity of injuries. You may also recover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or emotional distress if they are extreme enough to warrant it.
Some injury victims file personal injury lawsuits.
If there are long-term injuries or permanent disabilities, the victim may sue the other driver to recover compensation. This is done by initiating a lawsuit in civil court. The person who files the lawsuit is known as the plaintiff, while the person against whom it’s filed is known as the defendant.
In order to recover damages, or financial compensation for their injuries, a plaintiff must prove to the court that they deserve some type of monetary relief. This legal duty is based on negligence: you have a duty of care to behave reasonably and not harm others; if you breach this duty and cause harm, you can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Others negotiate with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement.
Not all of us are the type to demand a fair settlement. Some of us prefer to rely on the honesty and fairness of others. If you're one of these people, here's what to expect:
The insurance company will offer you a settlement far less than your losses.
Many insurance companies use unethical tactics designed to discourage accident victims from hiring lawyers, so it's important to educate yourself by doing research online before accepting or signing anything from an adjuster after a car crash.
It probably comes as no surprise that insurance companies want to save money wherever they can. After all, they are businesses and businesses want to make money. However, many insurance companies take these savings-driven practices too far. In the case of a car accident or injury, the adjuster will often attempt to establish contact with an injured party shortly after an accident in order to offer a quick settlement for well below the actual damages caused by the crash.
These offers are called “nuisance value” offers because they usually go up to $1,000 and are intended to discourage claimants from hiring lawyers and taking legal action against their insurers. While some people may not be seriously injured in a car accident, others suffer catastrophic injuries that require ongoing treatment throughout their lives—in these cases it is essential that you have access to all of your options so you can make decisions about your future knowing all of the information available.
Insurance companies also employ a tactic known as "swoop and settle." This happens when an insurance adjuster for the liable party calls the injured driver and offers them a low amount and gets a verbal release over the phone. Unfortunately, this practice works and is legally enforceable even though no paper work has been signed. So be careful when you are talking to insurance companies. The best practice is to not talk to them at all until you have talked to an attorney who will have your best interests in mind.
While it might seem impossible for someone who has just been in a serious collision and is dealing with hospital bills and property damage on top of injuries to evaluate whether or not they should accept an offer from an insurance company, there are many steps you can take before signing anything or accepting any payment from an adjuster:
A free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer will give you insight into how you should proceed after a crash, and whether or not your case is strong enough to merit hiring legal representation.
The best thing you can do after a car accident is speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case. An initial consultation is free, and it will give you insight into how you should proceed after the crash, and whether or not your case is strong enough to merit hiring legal representation.
During this meeting, tell the lawyer everything that happened leading up to the accident. The more details that you can provide about what happened on the road, and what happened in your life leading up to the accident (including any physical pain or emotional trauma that has resulted from it), the better able they’ll be to determine what your best course of action will be.
Once you have spoken with a personal injury attorney about your car accident, avoid talking directly with insurance companies without first speaking with someone at our office. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to get people who have been injured in accidents to sign forms which release them from liability—or at least lower their financial responsibility when it comes time for compensation.
It's important to seek medical attention immediately after a car crash, even if you think your injuries are minor.
If your car was hit on the side, and you sustained injuries in a t-bone collision, it's important to seek medical attention immediately after the accident, even if you think your injuries are minor. It's also important to get checked out for any unseen injuries that could be present. Injuries from a side impact collision can be so severe that they become life threatening.
While some people may have visible injuries from a wreck, some of them won't notice they've been injured until hours or days later. This is particularly true with head trauma and whiplash. If whiplash symptoms haven't fully appeared yet, it doesn't mean the victim isn't injured. The full extent of their injury may not be known until well after the crash occurs and their symptoms begin to surface. Medical treatment is necessary to treat whiplash even if there aren’t any noticeable symptoms present at first.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call the personal injury lawyer, Daniel M. Gonzales at the Law Office of Daniel M. Gonzales, PLLC as soon as possible at 361-881-4806 24/7.