Who is at Fault in a T-Bone Accident?
by Eric Chaffin | Last Updated: April 29, 2021
A T-bone accident is a colloquial term for a side-impact collision. These crashes most often occur at intersections, and determining fault is not easy.
Further, these accidents frequently result in serious injuries or fatalities. The occupants of the vehicle hit by the at-fault driver do not have side airbags, and thus no protection from the force of the oncoming car.
The at-fault driver needs to compensate the victim for their injuries and time lost from work, among other damages.
A Pittsburgh personal injury attorney at our firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We will thoroughly investigate the case and hold those responsible for your injuries accountable.
The term “T-bone” derives from the T formation of the vehicles post-crash.
While who was at fault for the T-bone accident is sometimes obvious, there are situations where both drivers claim they had the right of way. That is why it is vital to obtain legal counsel after such a collision as soon as possible.
T-Bone accident causes
T-bone accidents usually result from a traffic violation, and the nature of the violation will often determine who is at fault for the crash. These may include:
- Ignoring a stop sign
- Going through a red light
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
What to do after a T-bone accident
Calling 911 or the police is always the first thing to do after any car accident. A badly injured motorist cannot do anything but wait for emergency medical services and an ambulance.
The nature of a side-impact collision means that the driver or occupant may not be able to get out of the vehicle and will require professional extraction.
However, if you can leave the car, document the scene as much as possible. Take photos or videos of all the vehicles.
In addition, take pictures of any injuries, and get the other driver’s license number, insurance information, name and address, and contact information. If there are witnesses, get their contact information and try to record their statements on your phone.
Go to the emergency room immediately, even if you think you were lucky enough to “walk away” from the crash. The adrenaline rushing through the body after a traumatic event like a car crash can temporarily mask serious issues.
Many T-bone accidents cause severe and even permanent injuries, such as:
- Internal injuries
- Neurological damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
T-Bone accident damages
Compensation or damages may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
A Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer from our firm will conduct a thorough investigation for our client, including obtaining any surveillance video, interviewing witnesses, and having experts reconstruct the accident scene.
If we or the police suspect a malfunctioning traffic signal, we would check to ensure the signaling was working correctly at the time of the accident.
If not, the jurisdiction in charge of the traffic signal may have some liability. If the accident resulted from a vehicle defect, such as brake failure, the manufacturer or a repair facility may be liable.
All of this and more is part of our investigation to determine liability.
Contact us at Chaffin Luhana today
If you or someone who know was injured in a T-bone accident caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, a Pittsburgh car accident lawyer from our firm could help. Schedule an appointment for a free consultation by calling us today or filling out our online form.
Our experienced attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion for clients in settlements and verdicts. While most cases are settled, we will head to trial when necessary.