Car accidents can range from the minor fender bender to a severe crash that leaves irreparable damage to a vehicle, serious injury, or even death. One type of accident that is almost certain to cause serious damage to persons and property is a T-bone accident, also known as a side collision. This type of wreck is almost always caused by driver error or negligence. If you, a family member, or a loved one, have been involved in a T-bone accident, you may be able to pursue legal action and seek financial compensation.
We understand that after a car accident, you are likely facing expensive hospital bills, vehicle repair costs, and impairments due to injuries. Chapman Injury Lawyers is here to help. We offer free, no-obligation case reviews so that you can learn about all of your legal options. Simply give us a call at (812) 461-6693 to schedule a consultation with our legal team. We’re ready to get started.
A T-bone accident occurs when a vehicle is struck on its side by another vehicle. Other terms for this type of accident include broadside collision and side-impact collision. It is a uniquely dangerous type of accident. The side of the vehicle has less material and, therefore, less resistance when struck. The doors of a vehicle cannot take as much impact as can the front or rear of the vehicle. Another reason that T-bone accidents are so deadly is that they often involve vehicles moving at fast speeds. Faster speeds mean harder hits. T-bone accidents can be avoided by following the rules and laws of the road.
Studies show that head and chest injuries are common and severe in T-bone accidents. Because the head is being impacted, victims can experience a brain injury, paralysis, and death. In fact, T-bone accidents killed over 5,000 people in just one year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Common causes of T-bone accidents include these driver errors:
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Why You Should Get an Attorney After an Accident
You are probably familiar with the steps you need to take after an accident. Contact 911 if there are injuries or call law enforcement, so that they can create an accident report. Exchange insurance and contact information with the other drivers, collect contact information from eyewitnesses, take photos of the vehicles and surroundings, and, most importantly, seek medical treatment, whether or not you feel that you’re injured. It’s common for adrenaline to initially mask the pain of injuries.
After that, you might think you should simply wait for insurance to offer a payout. But, the insurance company’s first offer does not have to be the end of the story. You will likely find that the insurance payout is not adequate for your injuries, especially after a T-bone accident, which often causes major injuries. Also, there may be complications such as the other driver claiming you are at fault. This is why it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer after you’ve had an accident.
In most cases, it is not advisable to take the insurance company’s first offer. Insurance companies are businesses, and like any other business, their mission is to make as much money as possible. Therefore, they will offer you the lowest amount possible and resist attempts to increase the payout. There are also other issues that auto insurance companies often do not cover, such as lost wages from being unable to work because of the accident, or the mental suffering you may experience after an accident. You need a lawyer on your side who will fight for your best interests and help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a T-Bone accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for the damages you have suffered, such as:
Your attorney will review the circumstances of your accident and injuries in detail to help you understand the full scope of the compensation you may be entitled to.
We here at Chapman Injury Lawyers are motivated to seek justice and see our clients restore their lives. For us, you are more than just a customer; we will fight and advocate for you the same way we would for our friends and family. We know there’s more than just money at stake. After a serious car accident, you need to recover and move on. It may feel like the odds are stacked against you, but we are here to help and fight for what is just and fair.