According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), side-impact crashes account for 23% of all passenger vehicle accident deaths in 2018. Side-impact accidents also referred to as T-bone car accidents can cause serious injuries. The attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. work with clients that have suffered injuries due to another person’s carelessness or negligence. If you need legal assistance from a T-bone collision attorney, call our experienced team. We can help you understand who is at fault in a T-bone car accident and how you can hold them accountable.
T-Bone Car Accident Overview
In a T-bone collision, one vehicle hits another in a perpendicular direction resulting in a “T”-like shape. It often takes the human body a second or longer to catch up with the intervening force. When this occurs a whip-like snapping effect may toss the driver from one side to another or back and forth. While seat belts and airbags can help, the human body is only capable of absorbing a certain amount of force. If the amount of force in the vehicle accident exceeds the body’s ability to absorb it, then serious injuries may occur.
Who Is at Fault in a T-bone Car Accident?
Fault in auto accidents is based on negligence. Negligence is often determined by violating a traffic law or failing to drive responsibly. Neither driver may be fully to blame for causing a T-bone car accident. However, in most T-bone accidents one car has the right of way and the other vehicle violates that right away. Generally, the driver who violates that right of way is the negligent party.
When someone else’s negligence is responsible for the injuries you have sustained, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim in order to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
You should consult with an experienced T-bone collision attorney as soon as possible after a T-bone car accident. An attorney can help you assemble your case, meet important deadlines, and litigate in court if necessary.
Common Causes of T-bone Car Accidents
- Running a red light. While this is also illegal, it is clear evidence of negligence as well.
- Failing to yield. Anytime that a stop sign is placed at a four-way intersection, the traffic rules and regulations require one driver to yield to another. If the wrong driver moves forward, he or she may be found negligent in a case.
- Failing to come to a full stop at a four-way intersection. It is illegal to roll through a stop sign. It is important for each person to stop completely at the stop sign.
- Turning into different traffic lanes. Anytime that a driver is in a turning lane and is legally allowed to make a turn across traffic, it is essential to wait until it is safe to do so. A driver who cuts across traffic may be held liable in court.
- Aggressive or reckless driving. Often reckless and aggressive behavior behind the wheel will go hand in hand. This could lead to liability in a personal injury case.
- Texting or talking on cellphones. Any form of distraction is extremely dangerous and may lead to car accidents in New Jersey.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxicated drivers frequently do not have the judgment capacity in order to avoid serious accidents and may become critically injured.
- Failing to gauge oncoming traffic when turning right at an intersection. While most drivers will look both ways before turning right at an intersection, one who does not may be found liable if he or she proceeded through the intersection when it was unsafe or illegal for him or her to do so.
What To Do if You Have Been in a T-bone Car Accident
The immediate aftermath of a T-bone car accident in New Jersey can be extremely overwhelming and frustrating. Understanding the next steps, you may take is critical. Hiring the right New Jersey accident lawyer to represent your interests is essential going forward.
You should never hesitate to communicate with an attorney even if you are not yet sure whether or not you will file a claim.
Speaking with an attorney simply shows that you are serious about protecting your rights and will work hard to understand the next steps that you should take.
Questions? Contact a T-bone Car Accident Attorney Today
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