A side collision involving two automobiles is commonly referred to as a T-bone car accident, which is one of the most common types of auto accidents that we see here in Brooklyn. These accidents occur when the front end of one vehicle collides with the side of a second vehicle, and they usually happen at intersections.
In this article, we will explore who is at fault in a car accident T-bone and how to get the T-bone car accident settlement you deserve after a crash.
What Makes the T-Bone Car Accident So Dangerous?
While essentially any automobile accident can be devastating and cause severe injuries, T-bone crashes are somewhat unique. Broadside impacts have a way of sending a vehicle off-course and veering into traffic. This can create a “domino effect” and result in a second collision that follows the first.
Due to the angle and force, a T-bone car accident often causes a vehicle to spin and pushes it into oncoming traffic or into stationary objects, such as telephone poles and guardrails. Because of the potential of multiple impacts and the fact that only a door and window separate the colliding vehicle and its victims, the likelihood of severe injuries is very great in a T-bone car accident.
Who Is Usually at Fault for T-Bone Accidents?
The driver that plows into the side of a vehicle is often at fault for the accident if that driver did not give right of way to car lawfully passing through the intersection. However, it is not always the driver that drove head-on into the side of another vehicle who is at fault for the accident.
For example, a driver who fails to stop at a stop sign or red light could be T-boned and that driver found to be at fault for the collision. T-bone car accidents often happen because of left turns, such as when a driver takes an illegal left turn in front of oncoming traffic and is struck on the side.
Just because a driver had a green light does not exempt him/her from being at fault for the accident because every motor vehicle operator has an obligation to exercise due care, be aware of potential dangers, and avoid accidents. The timing of traffic lights and a defect with a vehicle could be circumstances out of both drivers’ control and the cause of the accident as well.
How to Prove Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident
To prove who is at fault in a car accident T-bone, an auto accident lawyer must prove that one or more drivers were negligent, that the accident occurred because of that negligence, and that the victim suffered injuries because of the accident. Various types of evidence can help you prove your T-bone accident case, such as medical bills, doctors’ notes, the police report, and documentation of lost wages.
Get Help with Your T-Bone Car Accident Settlement
Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum is a passionate Brooklyn personal injury lawyer who fully understands the nuances of T-bone car accidents. If you were a victim of one of these terrible types of auto collisions, our office will fight to get you the T-bone car accident settlement you deserve.
Don’t delay getting the help you need or running the risk of your case’s statute of limitations running out. Contact us today at 718-237-5586 for a free T-bone accident legal consultation.