Who Caused My T-Bone Accident?
T-bone accidents are one of the most devastating kinds of car accidents in which a person can be involved, as they usually result in significant property damage, as well as serious injuries. Recovering compensation for these losses will hinge on proving who caused the accident in question. This can be a difficult endeavor in T-bone accident cases, which often involve more than two vehicles.
Anatomy of a T-Bone Crash
T-bone accidents occur when the front end of a vehicle collides with the side panel portion of another car, creating a “T” shape. While they can happen just about anywhere, from residential streets to parking lots, they are perhaps most likely to occur in intersections, or anywhere that vehicles cross each other, going in different directions. The high risk nature of t-bone accidents can largely be attributed to the vulnerable location of impact in these kinds of collisions. Specifically, the sides of vehicles are some of the weakest points on a vehicle, so there is little to protect occupants who are struck in t-bone crashes. Ultimately, the severity of injuries will come down to a few different factors, including:
- The size of each vehicle;
- The number of vehicles involved in the crash;
- The speeds of the cars prior to the crash; and
- Whether the parties were wearing seatbelts.
Unfortunately, even low speed T-bone accidents tend to result in significant property damage and some type of physical injuries to the occupants of the vehicle that was struck.
Evidence in a T-Bone Accident
T-bone accident victims can seek compensation for their accident-related injuries either by filing an insurance claim with their own insurers, followed by claims with the other driver’s insurer, or by filing a lawsuit in court. The latter option is only available in cases where a plaintiff can show that he or she suffered a severe injury. Unfortunately, the injuries in t-bone accidents are almost always severe enough to satisfy this standard. However, compensation will only be awarded if the plaintiff can prove fault by providing:
- Photographs from the impact site, including vehicle damage, skid marks, and crash debris;
- Footage from security and traffic cameras that recorded the accident;
- Witness statements;
- A copy of the police accident report; and
- Diagrams provided by accident reconstruction specialists.
When this kind of evidence proves that a driver was speeding, ran a red light, was distracted, was under the influence or was negligent or reckless in other ways, then that person can be required to compensate the victim for his or her losses. This could include reimbursement for emergency treatment, rehabilitation, lost income, and vehicle repair or replacement, in addition to compensation for pain and suffering.
Were You Injured in a T-Bone Accident?
For help building your own case against the negligent driver who caused your t-bone accident and subsequent injuries, call 954-566-9919 and set up a meeting with the dedicated and experienced Florida car accident attorneys at Boone & Davis today.