What To Do After A T Bone Accident

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T-bone accidents, also known as side-impact collisions, occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, forming a “T” shape. These crashes are particularly dangerous because the sides of the vehicles have less structural protection than the front and rear, making occupants more vulnerable to severe injuries.

How Common Are T-Bone Accidents?

T-bone accidents are a common type of car crash, accounting for about 25% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multi-vehicle crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They frequently occur at intersections, where vehicles traveling perpendicular to each other are more likely to collide.

What Causes a T-Bone Accident?

Several factors can lead to a T-bone accident:

  • Failure to yield: One of the most common causes is when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way at an intersection, often due to running a red light or stop sign.
  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting, eating, or otherwise distracted may not notice traffic signals or other vehicles leading to a collision.
  • Speeding: High speeds reduce the time a driver has to react to traffic signals or crossing vehicles, increasing the likelihood of a T-bone crash.
  • Driving under the influence: Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s reaction time and decision-making abilities, contributing to accidents.
  • Poor visibility: Weather conditions like fog, rain, or snow and poorly lit intersections can make it difficult for drivers to see other vehicles, increasing the risk of a T-bone collision.

An accident can happen in any situation, and you must remain vigilant. Remember that, even if you are following traffic laws, another driver might not be.

What Injuries Can Happy After a T-Bone Car Accident?

Injuries from T-bone accidents can be severe, given the limited protection on the sides of vehicles. Common injuries include:

  • Head injuries: These can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries, which can have long-term effects.
  • Neck and spine injuries: Whiplash is common, but more severe spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis.
  • Chest injuries: Broken ribs, punctured lungs, and internal bleeding are possible due to the force of the impact.
  • Abdominal injuries: Damage to internal organs such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys can occur.
  • Fractures: Broken bones in the arms, legs, and pelvis are common due to the sudden and forceful nature of the impact.

Who Is Usually at Fault in a T-Bone Auto Accident?

Determining fault in a T-bone accident depends on the circumstances leading up to the collision. If the driver doesn’t follow a traffic signal, such as running a red light, running a stop sign, failing to yield when entering an intersection, or making a left turn, the driver can be found at fault in the accident.

However, there can be situations where both drivers share some fault, which can complicate insurance claims and liability determinations. In Colorado, comparative negligence laws mean that even drivers found partially liable for an accident may be entitled to compensation. 

Hiring an Attorney for a T-Bone Accident

The Roth Group specializes in personal injury law. Our deep understanding of the complexities involved in these accidents ensures that you have knowledgeable advocates fighting for your rights.

Personalized Legal Strategy

Every T-bone accident is unique. The Roth Group tailors their approach to fit the specifics of your situation, ensuring that all aspects, from medical expenses to long-term care needs, are considered in your compensation claim.

Aggressive Negotiation

Insurance companies often aim to minimize payouts. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who will advocate fiercely to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, property damage, and other losses.

Ongoing Support

Throughout the process, The Roth Group provides continuous support and updates, answering any questions you might have and keeping you informed about the progress of your case.

Colorado Car Accident Attorney 

Hiring The Roth Group for your T-bone accident can provide peace of mind and significantly improve your chances of receiving fair compensation. Our expertise, personalized approach, and commitment to client advocacy make us a strong ally in the aftermath of a severe car accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a T-bone collision, consider contacting The Roth Group for your free evaluation to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the support you need to move forward.