Serious Accidents Warrant Professional Legal Help
T-bone accidents are also called side-impact collisions. This type of accident occurs when the front bumper of one vehicle slams into the side of another at a 90-degree angle. When joined, the two cars form a T, which has given rise to the popular name.
T-bone accidents are common, and they can leave motorists with serious injuries. These accidents are trickier to analyze from a legal perspective than many people realize, so please contact one of our Manchester, TN car accident lawyers to review your case.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
We often see these accidents at intersections, though they can also occur in parking lots. Some of the more common causes of side-impact crashes include:
- Running a red light
- Failure to pay attention
- Texting and driving
- Failure to yield
- Impaired driving (drugs or alcohol)
In a small number of cases, a defect in one vehicle can cause a crash. For example, faulty brakes might make it impossible for a motorist to avoid slamming into a car crossing its path.
Liability for T-Bone Accidents
There is a misconception that the driver who strikes the other is always at fault. This might be true in the majority of cases, but it is not a bright-line rule. In some cases, the vehicle that got struck is actually at fault for the collision.
To determine fault, we must look at how the accident unfolded. Typically, one motorist was not operating a vehicle with sufficient care, and that driver is to blame. For example, a motorist might have been fiddling with the radio and failed to see the approaching traffic light turn red. Consequently, they fly through the intersection and a motorist who had a green light slams into them. In this example, the motorist who got struck is to blame because they did not stop at a red light.
We cannot tell with certainty who is at fault simply by looking at the damage to the vehicles. Injured motorists should reach out to an attorney as soon as possible for help finding and preserving important evidence. We can interview witnesses who might have seen the accident and search for security cameras that might have captured the accident.
T-Bone Accident Injuries
These are dangerous accidents. The sides of vehicles have fewer protections than the front, so passengers can suffer a direct hit, especially at high speeds. They might be tossed around, where they can collide with other people in the vehicle or slam their head on the side window. Some common injuries associated with side-impact collisions include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and internal hemorrhage
- Chest injuries, including chest contusions
- Nerve damage
Injured victims need time to recover, which can cost a considerable amount of money. Our lawyers have managed to obtain compensation to cover expensive medical care and replace any lost income, as well as a fair amount for property damage and pain and suffering.
Meet with a Manchester, Tennessee Car Accident Lawyer
Burch & Lockhart has tackled all sorts of motor vehicle accidents, including side-impact collisions, so please reach out to us today. Our lawyers can meet for a free consultation to discuss your rights.