T-bone accidents – also known as side-impact crashes or broadside accidents – can result in severe injuries or even death. They get their name because one car is usually going straight while the other hits it from the side and forms a “T” shape. These collisions are unique in that victims only have a thin door and a glass-filled window between them and the other vehicle.
When compared to rear-end or head-on accidents, drivers and passengers have less of a buffer. The side of the car often caves in and both the vehicle’s components and the other car can crush the driver or passenger. Furthermore, if the window breaks on impact, the victim can be injured by the shards of glass. Even though many newer models have side airbags, these may not be enough to prevent serious injury. Victims can suffer head and brain injuries, broken ribs, lung damage, and facial injuries. so#me victims are never the same again and their ability to work is severely compromised.
It may seem the driver who crashes into the other is automatically at fault. However, sometimes the driver who is hit can be found negligent. A third party can also be responsible. If you were injured in a T-bone accident, you need to seek medical attention right away. Then you need to contact an Alabama car accident lawyer to learn how you can get compensation for your injuries.
Why Side Impact Collisions Happen
Broadside accidents can occur in several ways. However, the most common scenarios involve:
- A driver who fails to yield the right-of-way
- A distracted driver who strikes another vehicle in an intersection
- A driver who runs a red light or stop sign and hits or gets hit by a car that’s going in a perpendicular direction
- An intoxicated driver with poor judgment
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Poor visibility
Why Either Driver Can Be at Fault
T-bone collisions often occur when one driver doesn’t yield the right of way to the other. One driver may run a red light and go through an intersection where other vehicles are passing perpendicularly. If that driver T-bones another car, they can be held liable for the resulting damage and injuries.
However, if that same driver had the right of way but they collided with another vehicle that should have stopped, the second driver may be responsible. There are also cases in which both drivers are found to be at fault. For example, one driver may T-bone another after failing to stop at a traffic signal. However, the second driver would have been able to avoid the collision if they had not been composing an email.
In some states, you can still claim compensation if you were partially at fault for an accident. However, this isn’t the case in Alabama. You would have to work with your attorney to prove that your actions in no way contributed to the crash. Your attorney will use eyewitness accounts, photos, the police report, and other pieces of evidence to support your account of what happened. If you’re physically capable after the crash, you should take photos of the scene inclusive of the damage to both vehicles.
Proving That Another Driver Was Responsible for Your Injuries
You don’t only have to prove that the other driver was negligent. You also need to show that the accident resulted from their negligence and that you suffered injuries because of the accident. You’ll need to present evidence of all the losses you’re claiming. This will vary according to your specific situation. However, victims often need to present:
- A doctor’s report to show the extent of their injuries and their prognosis
- Medical bills to show how much they’ve spent
- Pay stubs from before the accident to show the wages they’ve lost
Contact the Alabama Accident Lawyers at The Vance Law Firm Today
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a T-bone crash, you need to hire an attorney. This will improve your chances of getting compensation from the at-fault driver. Whether you want to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the driver’s insurance or take your case before a jury, you’ll need advice and representation from a lawyer.
The Alabama accident lawyers at The Vance Law Firm will help you to get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and other damages. Call us today to schedule a free case review and get an expert opinion on your case. If you choose to hire us, you don’t pay until we collect compensation on your behalf.